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The Garden of Eden (Raf Simons)

Paris…In a beautiful garden setting, Raf Simons explored the more mature and sophisticated side of his designs not seen in quite some time. Tailoring took center stage for almost the entire collection, but with interesting embellishments like layered belts. The whole theme of serpents manifested in all the leather belts and straps that wrapped around suit jackets and trench coats. A lightweight bomber jacket featured multiple zippers, a detail that actually added novel symmetry to a classic item. The cinched waist that was created by belting the jacket really helped commercialize a new men’s silhouette that has been around for at least two seasons. A snake print was put on pants and knits to really bring the point of temptation and change home. As Simons moves forward into future seasons, we can only hope he’ll continue to do what he does best, make sensible reality out of design direction that seemed to impracticable in the past.

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  • There seems to be a mix of buttoned-up sophistication and strapped-in dominatrix belts. Maybe the belts are mimicking a “snaking” effect in the Garden of Raf.

  • lwong

    Love the S&M military look….

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