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Raf Simons’ rave(@rafsimons) finally arrived in London on Thursday night. The designer postponed his show at London Fashion Week due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Having completed the mourning, Raf Simons’ SS23, under the name Corps/Coda is shown stripped of frills.

As if in homage to his career, Raf Simons celebrates club kid culture in the corridors of Printworks in southeast London. It’s a former printing press that would be converted into a stunning industrial environment where club culture is king.

More than 1,000 guests attended the Raf Simons rave, and were able to get a close enough look at the designer’s creations in detail. Because, we can call it Rave Raf, can’t we? It would seem so. The influences of 80’s rave and cub kid culture are undeniable, and we love it!

Overall, the collection has been characterized by clean lines and minimalist tailoring, combined with tights in neon colors. The pieces mark the extremities of the body becoming a second skin, simplifying the silhouette. The collection also presented, in collaboration with Philippe Vandenberg, a selection of pieces printed with the artist’s works. The texts and drawings by Vanderberg that we see on T-shirts, accessories, and coats, speak of the struggle of the human being with himself, and of destruction as a prerequisite for creation.

Compared to most of the season’s offerings, Raf Simons’ remains far removed from the 2000s. A fresh approach to previous eras just as glorious. If there was one thing that struck us in this new installment, it was Simons’ categorical minimalism. 

In short, everything was in a very naturally Raf way: an industrial environment, club kids, punks and art that makes us reflect on our own existence. An approach also characteristic of the British style that has so marked the designer’s career.

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