During the women’s ready-to-wear week in Paris, Belgian designer Raf Simons presented a mixed and genderless collection, a vision of fashion espoused by an increasing number of designers.
Simmons, who recently joined Miuccia Prada, the head of the Italian house, presented black tailored jackets and skirts, flowy dresses, long-sleeved striped shirts, and oversized jackets, during a presentation of his private label collection at the Palais Bronnier, the old center of the Paris Stock Exchange.
The models, who wore high-heeled shoes or flat shoes with laces over long socks, moved in the outer courtyards of the palace, whose columns’ geometry reflected the simplicity of fashion. Simmons added a touch of punk fashion to his designs, and bracelets in the form of hand bones decorated the models’ wrists.
Balmain artistic director Olivier Rousteing made his men’s collection wear pleated designs, printed with small dots or exposed at the chest, and women wore almost the same designs for a show at the Seine Musical in Bologna-Billancourt, where Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni and others walked the catwalks Fashion in the nineties of the twentieth century.
The 36-year-old designer told Liberation that there is “required progress” in the issue of gender, in a statement he made before the presentation, which dedicates the tenth anniversary of his tenure of managing the “Balmain” house, and was attended by the Brazilian star Neymar and his colleagues in the Paris Saint-Germain team.
“There will always be” old (mentions) of clichés of manhood and power, but there are also plenty of men who want to get out of it, added the designer, who has around 6.9 million followers on Instagram. I see this in the evolution of buying in my business, it is completely different from what it was ten years ago.”
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