September 2, 2013

Raf Simons--"the Antwerp seventh"

Raf Simons
the boy who was born in a small town of Belgium
and when Raf was young
he was completely into the Television
Television,television,television everyday
the television,MTV and the music had became a very big impact on him
also those part became a very big impact on his designs
From the very beginning of his eponymous menswear label
in 1995
though to his tenure at Jil Sande
since 2005~2012
the 7 years in a German brand
and now Raf's role as the creative director at Dior
Raf was grown up on a street where were farms and cos and animals
a small town,Belgium
there was a complete disconnect from culture 
and actually 
since beginning
Raf was studying the Industrial design
not the fashion design
while he was during his Industrial design education that he became fascinated with the Antwerp six
he was obsessed with the Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang
but in this time
Raf was quite poor
he can't afford this
he only can afford maybe a pair of socks from them
so he started to imitate their designs
in the period of Raf was graduating
he met the women who is the most important one during his designing life
the director at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp
Linda Loppa
in the beginning
Linda was interested in Raf's furniture designs
and Linda was trying to let Raf into the Galleries and get him represented by the furniture 
Raf's always was fascinated with the fashion
never changed(won't change) 
in this time Raf was started to help Walter Van Beirendonck with his presentations in Paris
with the bravely(of loving fashion) 
Raf told Linda
"go away and make some clothes then come back show me"Linda said
with this encourage
Raf gone to Milan with the only 25 pieces and 1500 euros
with this in Milan
Raf took a job as a Gardener in between
while Raf started his first collection
his though this collection was not in order for sell
it has another important role 
just to convince the Linda
and times when Raf was living the Antwerp
became his inspiration for his first collection
the first collection of him was some-things about
the mood of people who around him,and the television and the music
with this long "HISTORY"
Raf's designs is abundant and funny
every-piece of his design
their is a story in 
always you can see some-shadows of Antwerp six
especially in the early 
in the early of Raf's designs
you can see some-things quite"young"
both himself and his designs
you can see
anythings is possible in his designs
the high saturation colors
all run though his designs
"pink,yellow,electric blue and red..."
any colors you can see in his runway
and also maybe you can see those colors in Gay-pride
but obviously in Raf's designs those colors is more fashion 
and about "absurd"
i may say 
maybe we should blamed the time when Raf working with WVB
cause you know
WVB is a weird guy
totally in his designs
so you can see some weird thins in early Rafs'
the colorful Ninja sporty shoes
the colorful XXXXhuge shroud backpack...
shape and details
as be obsessed with Helmut Lang
in some designs of Raf
you can see some-things which used belong to Helmut
such as the sharply cutting 
Raf using the sharply cutting to made some-things quite cool
and with the simply colors
black,white and grey
it does real cool and simply
but just the sharply cutting
be the eyes killer is enough
with the simply colors and season-less designs
it can takes you guys to office and takes you home
if you do not want be the salve of trends
you must chose it
it's really simply but with the remarkable details
deconstruction and ligature art(SM)
having hardly working with those fun designers
Raf Simons concentrate on himself
maybe you also can found some-things maybe not "belong"him
maybe the colorful and freak things(Walter Van Beirendonck's)
maybe the dissolute menswear(Dries Van Noten)
maybe the sharply cutting like the "Scissorhands"(Helmut Lang)
but this is Raf Simons
who's gonna becoming the Antwerp seventh
who's including the old Antwerp six's 
also has his own things
he does a lot things belong to himself
and match it with some-things which belongs to the people who's around him
or his culture
he found it's very important
Raf Simons

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