Raf Simons’s first public presentation of his work highlights many of the themes which would be central to his early collections. The first pair of models appear in boarding school garb, with their hair a bit long and their heels a bit high – the quintessential rebellious schoolboy who would be meticulously honed by Simons in the coming years. His models later return in severly cut zip-up coats, with impossibly fitted shoulders and narrow silhouettes, a tailoring peculiarity that would soon be considered essential to Simons’s aesthetic.
What may feel most familiar to fans of Raf’s work is the symbiotic connection between clothing and music. Here the relationship is viscerally underscored by the dichotomy between the traditional knits and trousers, and the raucous beats of “March of the Ciccone Robots,” “Making the Nature Scene,” and “Tuff Titty Rap,” a trio of consecutive cuts from “The Whitey Album”, a tongue-in-cheek side project by Sonic Youth made under the thinly-veiled pseudonym, “Ciccone Youth.” Though Simons would go on to intertwine his work with musical acts in more tangible ways, it is made evident that very early on he found the medium inextricable from the clothes themselves.
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