Paris Menswear | Raf Simons F/W 2013

It’s Raf Simons, or as I like to call it, “Dior Homme with a dose of color and practicality”.

I can see why so many people adore Raf Simons. It’s almost as if he has unlocked the secret to fashion – while his aesthetic focuses on shape and form, the designs never really let go of function. It’s wearable, that’s what his collections are. Having said that, functionality does, in a way, take away the fun aspect of function.

The look this season is modern dandy, with two contrasting silhouettes: it’s either slim and elongated, or a slight A-line kick. The tailored looks are kept relaxed and minimal, but shouldn’t be construed as having a “devil-may-care” attitude. Similar to Dolce & Gabbana, pleat-front pants are brightly colored and in contrast to D&G and Burberry, are sat low on the hips. Paired with fine-gauge roll necks, it is layered over shirts with elongated cuffs exposed in opposite or complementing colors.

When it comes to outerwear, there seems to be a slight intentional A-line silhouette. Coming mostly in black, sleeves are pushed up as is the trend, with minimal fastening details and soft neck ties eliciting curiosity. There are also long-line sleeveless and fabric-blocked biker versions. The jacquard-knit tank tops with a Puss in Boots monogram worn with contrasting colored shirts give a preppy look. Simons styles the looks with effortlessly stylish brogues. The brown and black slip-ons don’t draw any intention, but the metallic ones do, almost as if reflecting the brightly colored pleated pants.

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