Raf Simons AW1998 Deconstructed Blazer

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Raf Simons AW1998 Deconstructed Blazer


Raf Simons’ Autumn/Winter 1998 collection stands out as one of, if not the strongest collection of his earlier years. The Kraftwerk-inspired season featured a heavy focus on outerwear and knitwear, as the models walked the runway wearing intricate spider web knits and long coats of black. The cuts of the coats stood out especially, with their razor sharp shoulders and form-fitting drape. The juxtaposition between the classic formal wear and the youthful, boyish cuts is one that grew to become a trademark of the Belgian designer.

A stark and fearsome snapshot of the youthful rebellion Raf strove to encapsulate in his early work. Raf choose to leave the sleeveless shoulders raw hemmed, as if the owner decided on a whim to shred his schoolboy jacket with a scissors. However, despite the overtly DIY aspects, Raf did not neglect the actual tailoring of the jacket, which features slick, narrow lapels fitting of the new wave artists he was channeling at the time, elegant thin pinstripes, and parallel darting to give it a slim fit through the body. 

Condition: 9/10. No significant flaws.

Tagged size:

Shoulder: 16in

Pit to pit: 19in

Length: 29in

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