Raf Simons AW1997 Patched Schoolboy Blazer

Raf Simons AW1997 Patched Schoolboy Blazer


The subtle modifications Raf made to the fine tunings of schoolboy blazers and collegiate sweaters he sent down the runway for the fall of ’97 created a prep look that was just barely perceptibly off kilter, a metaphorical dutch angle which suggested something rebellious amiss, if not yet overtly obvious. The sweaters and blazers were too tight for any boarding school’s standards, while the shorts hung far too long. The models further desecrated the conventional dress code with messy hair and rakish jaunts down the runway.

This crested blazer was one of Raf Simons's crucial early offerings. Its prep school visuals and aggressive cut made it a staple of the aesthetic lexicon which defined his pre-2000s output. The slim shoulders, thin notch lapels, and two button closure are a nod to the blazers of choice worn by the bands he drew influence from, such as Japan and Bauhaus, while the rest of the jacket keeps an ostensibly straight face, with a pair of hip pockets, and winter wool fabric.

Condition: 9/10. One half of the tag is detached, otherwise no significant flaws.

Tagged size: 52

Shoulder: 17.5in

Pit to pit: 21.5in

Length: 30in

Sleeve: 27in

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