Last week, Chinatown, located in the lower east side of NYC, housed several guests looking forward to viewing Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2018 Collection. The designer was going for “Replicant,” and Replicant he did.
“There are a lot of things that go back to my early days and why we started doing the things we did,” Simons told Vogue. “So there was strong music references from the past, as you can see. But there are juxtapositions in a different way taken out of context, basically; it’s about movies (about Blade Runner, clearly), it’s about cultures sliding together—that’s the most important message for me, Asian culture and the culture of the west coming together. And you know there was a bit of new wave, punk attitude, but not aesthetically, more in the attitude like taking different kinds of things . . . good vibes . . . I wanted it to be energetic.”
If you’ve been to the Chinatown area of NYC then you know it tends to have the smell of raw meat and fish, due to the lingering poultries and markets in the area, but that’s what made the theme even more authentic. Simons added rain effects and smoke machines onto the gritty runway, as models gleamed in the flashing red and blue fluorescent, neon lights that were reflected their way. Oversized, metallic outerwear garments was mainly featured during the fashion show, as well as vibrant lanterns created by Peter Saville.
Here’s a few looks from the show.
Photos By: Hypebeast