Raf Simons AW1999 Joy Division Sweatshirt

Raf Simons AW1999 Joy Division Sweatshirt


Raf’s fall 1999 displayed an interesting blend of aesthetics between the rebellious schoolboys which defined his mid-90s work, and the severe turn toward new wave and punk displayed in “Black Palms,” and “Radioactivity.” The turtlenecks layered beneath V-neck sweaters felt as if they were from several seasons past; though while they were once a focal point, they now merely underscored striking capes, luminous black sweats, and imposing peak lapel outerwear.

This top reference a triplet of Joy Division songs, each which sports a title evocative of the key themes of Raf’s pre-2000s output. Youthful isolation has always been a self-evident theme of his, dating back to SS1997’s “How to Talk to Your Teen,” while incubation — a method of sustenance by enclosure — likely refers to the subcultures which allow many of those otherwise written off from society to thrive within. Much of Raf’s work centered on this exploration of niche culture.

Condition: 8/10. Fading on front region.

Tagged size: 48

Shoulder: 19.5in

Pit to pit: 18.5in

Length: 24.5in

Sleeve: 7in

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