Whilst your average designer might start their collection looking at a book, or a certain art house flick from the 1930s,
It was the second time the Belgian fashion titan showed co-ed; his oversized vision undeniably comes gender-less. The ‘EQUANIMITY’ was channelled via the calmness of the silhouettes. Both girls and boys wore swollen knits, slouched trousers and quilted jackets in moody hues. Simons was able to discover a ‘DICHOTOMY’ through a series of juxtapositions that came “with a quiet logic,” as pointed out by the show notes.
The cocooned shapes felt almost couture – colour blocked in vivid yellows, blues and pinks, reminiscent of the designer’s tenure at
The ‘ALLEGIANCE’ and ‘DEVOTION’ reverberates from the designer’s mighty fanbase, who will be proud to sport Simons’ name across their necks as this season’s tags appear front-and-centre, on a large chunk of the collection. They will also be pleased to know that Simons looked to his own archive to form this season’s vision. ‘ATARAXIA’, the collection’s official title means “a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety, peace of mind, emotional tranquillity.” In hellish times, people seek comfort in familiarity, and as pointed out by the press release, “References to history are reassuring.” In that department, Simons succeeds with flying colours, simultaneously taking his namesake label to tremendous new heights.
Photography courtesy of Raf Simons.