Raf Simons AW2004 Yin Yang Sweater

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Raf Simons AW2004 Yin Yang Sweater


By 2004 we were firmly in a new era of Raf’s work — the second or third, depending where one wishes to place his thresholds. Raf had firmly established himself in the fashion world, he was no longer a subversive newcomer, he was the big fish himself. Invites for the season listed loosely-connected names of people who defined their area of expertise, a tacit suggestion of Raf’s standing within his own domain. When examining the silhouettes, the nods to British youth culture are still there, as were the rave culture references. But what once defined Raf now simply belied his ruthlessly efficient tailoring, wasting no space with his sharp, cuts, often pulling tight at the waist, and his slick, narrow lapels.

The printed work from “Waves” often felt like it harkened to “May the Circle Be Unbroken”, where duality, yin and yang, is a presiding theme of Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha. Raf continued the use of the yin and yang image through his next season, slyly slipping a smiling face into it. The cut is quintessential to Raf sweaters, featuring a fitted body relaxed by a raglan cut, and washed out fabric. Conjuring feelings of everyone’s favorite vintage sweater.

Condition: 8/10. Normal signs of wear.

Tagged size: 46

Shoulder: 18in (approximated because of raglan sleeves)

Pit to pit: 21in

Length: 29in

Sleeve: 34in (measured from neckline)

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