black satin and duct tape...
Just when I thought it wasn't possible to love Raf anymore, this week he sent his models onto the runway in black satin coats held closed with duct tape!!!
Relocated to New York for the Calvin Klein gig ( I seriously can't wait to see what he does there) he delighted many when he also chose to show his own label there. For a man who always designs with his heart on his sleeve, the commencement of the Trump Circus is weighing heavy on hearts and minds not just Raf's.
Talking about his collection he said - “While we were working on it, something happened that you would not even imagine. You can only speak up, I think, and bring a kind of energy and things that stand against it. I think that’s my challenge now.”
He more than rose to the challenge!
He aimed to create a new sort of punk uniform, wrapping the “lowest materialisation” — duct tape — around a traditional, elegant satin crombie coat. Black duct tape was used to make pintucks on the back a pair of trousers, and yellow duct tape was screen-printed with buildings from the New York skyline. The collection was a love letter to New York with “I ♡ You” sweaters slung over one shoulder in super slouchy style.
It's an odd thing. The last three collections that have genuinely stirred my soul have all been menswear collections. I don't know what that means but suffice to say, Raf has got me looking at black satin with fresh ( and longing) eyes. I'm also super smitten with the necklaces.
Head over to his site now and you can see the show in all it's splendour..