Raf Simons Excels From On High
PARIS, January 27, 2006 - For devotees of Raf Simons, no place is too hard to
get to. In the past, they've wandered through the deep forest in the Bois de
Vincennes, climbed up steep ramps of a parking garage in Montmartre,
meandered through a maze of concrete corridors at La Villette, but the
location for Friday evening's show topped them all. Long lines of guests
stood in subzero temperature waiting to climb aboard cylindrical elevators
destined for the top of La Grande Arche de la Défense - a towering structure
inhabited principally by the French military, erected to the west of Paris.
But once atop the monstrosity, the ascent was worth all the aggravation. The
concrete interior was bathed in the soft blue of mega LED lights, and a
stunning nighttime view of Paris spread out beyond the windows.
This season Simons worked in a linear, terse silhouette that never budged
from black, gray and white. Fanciful ribbed sweaters, boots sliced by
circling rows of zippers, tailcoats cut to sartorial perfection, hoods
pleated with vinyl ribbing, and high gloss puffy jackets made for an
understated, though convincing, collection sure to be a hit with the young
and the young at heart.
Urban and sleek, these clothes look to the future rather than the past.