Raf Simons Showed His Latest Men’s Collection in a Chinatown Alleyway

Raf Simons showed his spring ’18 men’s collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s last night in a less-than-glamorous setting: a grimy alleyway in the city’s Chinatown district. Moments before the show, guests mingled about, snapping foggy pictures of the hanging Chinese sky lanterns. The set was part fantasy a la “Blade Runner” and part New York City on a regular Tuesday night. For added effect: Handlers even poured buckets of water onto the makeshift runway, which was standing-only on either side. Good thing the models’ looks included rainboots. 

The spring collection was a dream come true for Simon’s obsessive streetwear fans. There were oversized sweaters balanced with cropped trousers. High-shine raincoats were reinterpreted with boxier silhouettes (plus all the models carried umbrellas). Plaid bucket hats were bang-on with the Chinatown aesthetic. Certain tees and knitwear pieces were printed with Peter Saville’s album artwork for New Order or plastered with the words “Replicant” — another nod to the “Blade Runner” inspiration. 

As for the shoes: Simons showed plastic Wellington rainboots in shades of black, brown or white, fit with a roped noose detail on the back. He also showed pool slides, worn with thin socks, as well as sneakers done in collaboration with Adidas. The partnership included two sneaker styles: the Detroit Runner and Adilette Checkerboard.

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