January 16, 2017

New York Fashion Week: Men's vs. Raf Simons


Raf Simons, former creative director at Christian Dior, has already taken his fashion shows all over most of the world.  The Belgian designer and current chief creative officer for Calvin Klein is now set to debut his first Fall 2017 collections for Calvin Klein at New York Fashion Week.  Both his men’s and women’s collections will walk the runway together next month which seems to be a global fashion week trend that is gaining traction with many other brands such as Gucci, Public School and Vetements.  This debut is sure to be a crowd pleaser second only to his showing of his self titled line ‘Raf Simons 1995’ at New York Fashion Week: Men’s the week prior.  Though he’s never shown his eponymous collection in New York before, Simon’s is far from a stranger.  Back in 2014, he brought his 2015 Dior collection to Brooklyn at the Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse, as he is perpetually innovating the aura of his shows.  

As one of the most influential designers on the international fashion stage one can only imagine his eclectic style and timeless taste has dramatically evolved since his last collection for Dior, which was presented at the Lourve for Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016.  His clothes can be urgent, startling and difficult, moody or eye-popping, daring and wearable or lean or cut loose to ripple through the body, but they are never predictable.  So far all that is known about his newest collection is that it may be wool as Simon’s was reported to have linked up with the global authority on merino wool, The Woolmark Co.  Personally, I hope we see a bit more inspiration from his SS17 Raf Simon’s line which captured some candid vibes from Simon’s youth through his use of photography and self portrait work.  Under the pressure of designing three lines simultaneously, will he bring his overall aesthetic more into the mainstream for his new larger Calvin Klein audience?  I am also particularly interested to see how starkly the three collections will contrast in juxtaposition not only to each other, but to Simon’s lifelong oeuvre. 


Be sure to pencil in the dates and times of your favourite brands that will be showing at this years New York Fashion Week: Men’s and be on the lookout for Superego, along with our 100 percent hemp textiles, to be at NYFW events in seasons to come!