For the Raf Simons Spring 2021 RTW collection, the vaunted Belgian creative creates his first in-house womenswear collection for this own brand true to his core design ethos.
Named ‘Teenage Dreams’ the collection is inspired by movies Scream, Alien, Annihilation, and more, featuring youthful inspiration and some space-age influence.
The result is a ’70s suit shapes blown into oversized proportions, like swinging vests and wide bell bottom pants; swirling, groovy prints that have people speculating that the designer collaborated with Pucci; graphics with phrases like “Welcome the Children of the Revolution Home” and snaps from vintage yearbooks; floor-sweeping ponchos and giant, shapeless coats.
The textural depth here runs the gamut from lush velvets to shiny vinyl, and of course, the color play is exquisite. There’s plenty of the kind of thick knits that Simons’ fans love to snap up, but there’s also a glimmer of a red carpet moment towards the end in a long, black velvet dress with jewels at the collar. Between this collection and his Prada debut, it’s exciting to have Simons back in the womenswear mix.
The Raf Simons Spring 2021 RTW collection marks the 25th anniversary of the brand.