Followed by the soundtrack by pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk, the show was filmed in the Barenzaal and joining spaces of the C -mine in Genk, suggesting the different worlds colliding in alien gestures. ”Their music shaped me, and my work – it is electronic and technological, yet it always has, at its heart, a humanity.” – said Simons.
The collection is about things I love – things I have always loved, that are always there in every collection, in the processes behind it, and the clothes. There are references to music, to fashion, to movies – and visual references to our own collections, our history – but all abstracted, fragmented, examined anew. It is a mix of different ideas: sophistication, maturity, luxuriousness with ease, youth, utility and punk. About how ideas that are unconnected can come together and find a synergy, a calm. Oversize is part of our make-up, and here it creates a new language where garments can serve different purposes, translating across between men’s and women’s.
– Raf Simons
Fabrications, colours and silhouettes combine notions of couture with youth culture, a process of elevation and respect, juxtapositions and contradictions, all with a quiet logic.
Unexpected similarities and parallels is what define this collection, but also a love and loyalty to particular themes, ideas, inspirations.
The re-scaling of garments suggests different form language and new purposes, as does their rematerialisation.
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