While the rest of the world is in turmoil, one thing can be relied upon; a classic Raf Simons show. All the hallmarks were present and correct for SS19; a youth culture theme (this time the sweet spot between punk and new wave), inspiration-appropriate music (Bela Lugosi is Dead by Bauhaus) and intriguing clothes that made you want to pinch to zoom.
My standout looks to filch ideas from were the duchesse satin* XXL overcoats in a Saint-Laurent-meets-Stephen-Sprouse colour palette, accompanied by the styling detail of scarves woven through zipped slashes in the coats. Then there were the slinky roll-neck tops (with a hint of bondage) and the deconstructed tees in which an arm hole was misplaced to make a wonky opening for the head.
To strip this down to its essence, my guess is we’ll see lots of these acid-jewel colour combinations cropping up, as well as mannish coats softened with silky scarves and bows. And to replace the ubiquitous hoodie as the casual garment of choice (Raf has officially denounced it), get ready for deconstructed knits and tees…
*Trend note! Kim Jones at Dior also used women’s couture fabrics…
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Raf Simons SS19 via Dazed, FT, Vogue Runway