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New York Fashion Week 2018: Raf Simons, Boss bring in the drama

From cautionary tales to superstar vibes a la Armie Hammer, Wednesday’s shows brought the goods

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11:17 February 8, 2018
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Here are some highlights of the men’s collections presented at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday:

RAF SIMONS LAYS A SUMPTUOUS TABLE

Belgian superstar designer Raf Simons has been the talk of the US fashion industry ever since he moved to New York a year ago to make his debut at Calvin Klein. But his menswear shows — for his own eponymous label — also have generated enormous buzz. On Wednesday, he did not disappoint.

Simons’ runway was built in the form of a huge wooden tabletop, laden with mounds of food and drink. There were bowls overflowing with red apples, blueberries and pomegranates. There were mountains of avocados, huge round cheeses and salamis. There were loaves of bread, and what looked like waffles dipped in chocolate. There were countless wine bottles. Guests all stood at the table, and were invited to partake.

It was all meant to evoke, in Simons’ words, the salons of mid-century couture houses, with their “opulent tableaux reminiscent of a Flemish still-life.”

But when the models came out, accompanied by a wild, colourful laser show, it was a different world entirely that they were evoking: the late-’70s youth drug culture of West Berlin.

As he has done before, the pop culture-loving Simons took his inspiration from a movie, this time Christiane F., a 1981 German cult film with a David Bowie soundtrack about a teenage girl who gets pulled into the drug scene. Pictures of the character emblazoned some of the designer’s garments.

The models wore shiny rain boots and long shiny gloves, large colourful coats and sweaters that hung off the body in various unusual ways. Some wore yellow or orange apronlike tops that said “Drugs” — a reference to the actual book covers of an ’80s play called Drugs which Simons described, in his show notes, as yet another cautionary tale.

And all that food? The label noted that the leftovers were to be donated to City Harvest, an organisation that feeds New York City’s hungry, and the proceeds from the collection itself would go partly to organisations supporting recovering drug addicts.

A BASEBALL VIBE — AND ARMIE HAMMER — AT BOSS

Actor Armie Hammer tapped his toes to the music in the front row at the Boss menswear show on Wednesday, a collection that aimed to fuse a sporty baseball vibe with the label’s well-known focus on tailoring.

In what felt like a nod to the nasty weather outside — a morning dusting of snow that morphed into rain — there were generously oversized coats in soft cashmere, spacious down puffer jackets and some bright and shiny raincoats in yellow or white.

And there was a heavy emphasis on voluminous capes — some monochromatic, and others playfully adorned with baseball graphics.

The label called the collection “Sports Tailoring,” and said it was taking its inspiration from New York itself — “from the city, its imagery, icons and sports,” according to show notes. The baseball elements came across in baseball shirts and jackets, and in embroidery that featured pitchers and batters, along with the Hugo Boss initials.

Complementing the soft feel of wool and cashmere in greys, browns and charcoal were a number of garments in bright coloured nylon, bringing “a new energy to traditional pieces.”

The favoured colour for those bright moments: Neon yellow.

Exiting the show on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to a steady, cold downpour, one felt like running back in and grabbing one of those long, shiny rain slickers — or perhaps a calf-length cape.