Raf Simons unveils The Modern Form

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

Retrospective look from Raf Simons SS/10 Collection

The first agenda of this season’s Fashion calendar had just been adjourned, there’s a hype of information now coming from Paris Fashion week.

Looking back at a few noteworthy shows, I think Raf Simons made an outstanding collection.  His show focused on bringing a heightened sense of consciousness to the man’s body; producing an array of torso-hugging suits and sleeves drawn up toward the deltoid corners of a man’s physique.  As if to suggest that a toned body may well be a precursor for Fashion to follow suit.  Thus, form is followed by all outer implements which are the clothes clinging only as mere accessories to the body, so to speak.  Raf Simons’  exploration on the man’s form is a glass shattering undertaking in menswear, delineating a similar Modern attitude towards clothing that seems to only exist now in women.

Raf Simons SS/10

Raf Simons - austere modernity echoed on every detail

buckle hardware at Raf Simons

buckle hardware at Raf Simons

The Modern Form presented at the Raf Simons show featured cinched waists and imposing shoulders outlining a very lean and masculine silhouette.  Interesting details adorn the suits with buckle fasteners shaped out of a serpent’s head….some looked like straps of nylon and leather jackets which overall reminds me of the  wrapped Savana jackets Belstaff used to make but better.

Raf Simons' bizarre two toned suit

Raf Simons' bizarre two toned suit

A very intriguing two-toned suit with shrewed seam edges looked similar to his previous collection but the elements seem merged….there were toga smocks and suit jackets blended with rich silk on the shoulders akin to a man’s counterpart of a woman’s evening dress.

Parade of translucent shirts makes a sensual highlight at the Raf Simons show

Parade of translucent shirts makes a sensual highlight at the Raf Simons show

close-up of shirt barely catching the light to make its presence less tangible

close-up of shirt barely catching the light to make its presence less tangible

These looks threw caution in the air as a parade of very lean boys broke the discrete-ness of the show wearing a bombardment of prints with slithering snakes on hardly translucent material.  It was a sensual and yet inarguably masculine display that forges further the body as its key statement.

Raf Simons shoes with embossed detailing

Raf Simons shoes with embossed detailing

*all photos from men.style.com

Raf Simons really has found a new symbol for the brand – the serpent even though it might be a grandstanding insignia….well, who could’ve thought?  Saleable as they are….at the end Mr. Simons had provided clothes that are tailored – fit for the modern man’s delectation.

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