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Tuxedo Junction

Paris…Raf Simons

Leave it to Raf Simons to come up with something different (if not exactly new). He showed a black tuxedo suit, first shorn of its sleeves and pant legs, and then slowly built it up again until it ultimately was once again a whole suit. Simons himself called it the “anti-pajama,” an antidote to the relaxed styles of many of this season’s designers. To anyone old enough to remember the predominant Japanese design style of the ’80s, it was a lesson in deconstruction and the importance in menswear of tailoring in its purest form. Like Yamamoto, Simons included words of wisdom into his design. Embroidered onto tops was a sentence from singer/song-writer/Buddhist Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

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