Raf Simons Throws a Rave—and Shows His Most Grown-Up Clothing Yet

Raf Simons was supposed to indicate his Spring/Summer season 2023 assortment throughout London Vogue Week again in September, nearly sure to be a spotlight among the many stable schedule of Burberry, Halpern, and SS Daley. However Simons determined to cancel his present following the dying of the Queen, and introduced that he would as a substitute unveil the gathering in the course of the Frieze artwork truthful in October.

“It’s been a dream for some time to indicate in London—a metropolis the place style and creativity are omnipresent within the streets, and the place I see distinctive individuals with a robust, distinctive fashion,” the Belgian designer, who often exhibits in New York Metropolis and Paris, stated in a model assertion again in July. “I’m extraordinarily excited that this dream is turning into a actuality now.” Simons has lengthy had a fascination with Britain, and extra particularly its music scene. A peach vest from his Spring/Summer season ‘96 assortment was screen-printed with David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album cowl, whhile for AW’01 Simons added extra Bowie patches, alongside these bearing Manic Road Preachers and Pleasure Division on sweatshirts. He has additionally labored with the legendary artwork director Peter Saville, maybe greatest recognized for creating the identification for Manchester acid home mecca the Haçienda.

Final evening, a brand new membership evening opened its doorways as over 1,000 company flocked to the Printworks, the sprawling South London venue. The warehouse, a former newspaper printing press, was crammed with the deep thud of techno, whereas strobe lights sliced by the concrete chamber. One query on everybody’s thoughts, although: the place the hell was the present going to happen? Printworks is an enormous house, but there wasn’t a catwalk in sight. As an alternative, the venue was arrange for a rave with a prolonged bar lining one wall. An hour in, the bar was stripped of its polyester sheeting and a catwalk was unveiled. Then the venue was plunged into darkness. The bar was drenched in mild and Simons’ present started.

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