Simons is no stranger to making clothes for the ladies, having done so at Jil Sander, Dior and Calvin Klein. Although the signature knits and outerwear pieces across his eponymous line have always skewed unisex, Simons' own design team has focused exclsuviely on menswear up until now.
Today, coinciding with his brand's 25th anniversary, Simons presented the co-ed collection, titled "Teenage Dream," with a self-directed short film in lieu of an in-person fashion show.
The video opened to a fantastical, purple-hued forest, where Simons' troupe of models slowly emerged from cracks in the walls of the set. Chilling, horror-like music soundtracked the video, amplifying the aura of '70s youth anti-establishment propaganda that defined the collection, while the creature-esque cast maneuvered the scene with a thrilling demeanor.
Simons left little up to interpretation with this line — he quite literally spelled out a heavy, counter-culture influence with rebellious youth verbiage across his designs.
Tops reading "Children of the Revolution" and "Disorder" were among the first round of designs to claim prominence, before Simons' classic plastic-wrapped shirts, quasi-neon turtlenecks and wide-set knitwear surfaced beside them. Slightly awkward and outdated yearbook-like photos were printed on oversized workwear jackets, sleeveless shirts, and white crewnecks, alluding to the teenage sentiment that gave the collection its name.
The collection's show notes provided further insight into this season's inspiration, citing Alice in Wonderland, the '80s coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club and the '70s American cult-classic film Zabriskie Point as sartorial sources.
Watch Raf Simons' Spring 2021 short film at RafSimons.com.
Photos courtesy of Raf Simons
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