Raf Simons. Redux
UITVERKOCHT / SOLD OUT
Francesco Bonami, Marc Foxx, Maria Luisa Frisa, Jo-Ann Furniss, Ashley Heath, Ralf Hutter, Terry Jones, Mark Leckey, Simon Price, Collier Schorr
Charta, Milano, 2005
out of print
Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons’ clothes are both inspired by and designed for confident male outsiders. His references to youth movements (like punk, goth, and mod) are not meant to be retro; instead Simons tries to translate their energy and determination into modern statements about mental independence. Yet, although they are impeccably cut and created with love and care, clothes are not at the core of Simons’ universe.
More important to this cult stylist are attitudes, moods, and statements. Music, art, performance, images, and words have each been a starting point for his designs, and, in an attempt to examine today’s male psyche Simons takes his inspiration from the rebellion of past and present youth cultures, blending these notions with tradition and roots. This book–published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Simons’s work–presents both a wide range of the intellectual and creative aspects of the designer’s work that have sealed his position at the top of fashion’s roster. I don’t want to show clothes, I want to show my attitude, my past, present, and future. I use memories and future visions and try to place them in today’s world.