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Raf Simons

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 ACTIVE CLASSIC

Designer Raf Simons seems to take classic concepts of menswear and put them under a microscope, where he distills pieces down to their most directional and sophisticated. The F/W 10 collection continued down the road of his last few collections — the search for the perfect suit. This time, active elements like Velcro, snaps and magnets were used as closures for tailored jackets, serving as a kind of industrial embellishment, providing both form and function. Particularly successful were a classic trench coat that was pieced into color blocks, and the dark charcoal and navy plaid suit — one of many plaids seen on Paris runways. After several seasons of complex yet minimal designs, Simons genuinely is evolving his aesthetic, moving silhouettes and details forward in a way that is sure to affect the way men dress in the future.

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