Raf Simons Spring 2011

As we’ve all grown to expect from Raf Simons, his Spring 2011 menswear line exemplifies his expertise with tradition and his taste for the experimental. Exceptionally well-tailored clothes are equally contrasted and complimented by cinched waists, beautiful transparent fabrics, oversized, flared trousers, and jackets that are split down the back.

Simons has a terrific understanding and sensitivity for the form of the body and makes clothes that enter a conversation with it. Sometimes the clothes are extremely agreeable with the body, and other times they are extensions of the body. In this line, we sometimes see both happening at the same time.

I enjoy the overall subdued colour palette of this line, especially since it suggests that Simons’ occasional use of bright colours is both selective and deliberate.