Man in the Mirror

Paris…Raf Simons

Invitations were mirrored, the runway was surrounded in mirrors, and the models were more clean-cut than usual; all signals that pointed towards a theme of vanity and reflection for Raf Simons’ F/W 09/10 collection. Much more tailored than a typical season, Simons decided to play around with the notions of sartorial standards, placing contrasts on things like overcoat lapels and suit blazer sleeves. Many of the looks combined camel and grey, a particularly luxe touch for what would have been an otherwise somber runway outing. Other “manipulations” presented included squared-neck knits showing more shirt and tie than usual,  sweaters layered over suits, and bright pops of a technical fabric jacket made into a kind of cropped shrug over some of the exits. And, yes, for a collection fit for Narcissism, there were even small pieces of mirror sewn into the inside of some of the jacket lapels.


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