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Parents — they voluntarily wiped your behind in your most formative years, and contended with who knows what other bodily functions — sick children are gross. Basically, they’re good people. Being someone’s progenitor doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always going to be on the same page as your progeny, though. Case in point: my job.

Are my parents happy that I am gainfully employed? Yes. Do they possibly think I gallivant around all day looking at wackily made-up women in gowns sashaying down runways, or pouty boys with long lashes in ironic fashion a la Vetements? That seems to be the general consensus.

That said, I thought what better way to close the generation gap then to ask my parents’ opinions on one of the most highly-anticipated shows of Men’s Fashion Week. I also asked New York-based illustrator Mats Meyer to draw up key looks from the collection based off of their descriptions. I mean, if you can’t bond over Raf, what can you bond over?

Here are their thoughts, illustrated…

Dad:

In your opinion what were the key looks?

The over-sized and ill-fitting combinations of formal and casual styles.

What vibe did you get from the collection?

Childish – like kids playing dress-up with an open trunk of old clothes in an attic.

Describe your favorite look from the collection. 

I liked the white and beige overcoats.

Describe your least favorite look from the collection. 

I didn’t really like the topcoats with cut-off athletic socks on the forearms. The style seems to be trying too hard to make a statement.

Describe the look of the models

Young, clean-cut and healthy.

Talk about the proportions – were things too oversized? Too small?

Everything except for the vests seemed oversized. I liked this on the white, beige and mustard-colored topcoats (it gives them a kind of confident, comfortable feel); it was okay on the plaid sport coats too.  It was kind of boring on the black tuxedo-cut topcoats, the sweaters, and the slacks.  On these items, it just seems to be trying to hard to make a statement.

What was the most clever detail you spotted?

I didn’t really think the collection was particularly clever; I guess the cloth sashes with text that says something about “youth” (can’t remember exactly). That was a kind of meta-aesthetic that was self-referencing of the childishness vibe I got from the collection. This kind of self-referencing could be clever, but in this case it just struck me as a bit unimaginative.

What did the collection evoke for you over all?

Twenty-somethings affecting pre-teen playfulness.

Mom:

In your opinion what were the key looks?

Shortish sweaters with long tees and other layers- letters in crazy fonts, different shapes and lots of angles. There were also a lot of boxy cuts and unexpected uses of duct tape!

What vibe did you get from the collection?

It seemed like a lot of young men/boys in edgy clothes that were wise beyond their age. It kind of said, “I dare you to copy me if you want the in-look.”

Describe your favorite look from the collection. 

This one is hard for me — I just like the more conventional and classic looks.

Describe your least favorite look from the collection. 

Anything with too many colors on top of each other. Some of the colors just didn’t work for me.

Describe the look of the models

They were fairly androgynous — some really bent gender binaries, but the shoes gave them away.

Talk about the proportions – were things too oversized? too small?

Considering what the collection seemed to be going for, the oversized look did not work too well on some of the models; they looked like they were kind of lost in their clothes!

What was the most clever detail you spotted?

I guess it would be the duct tape. Also the pull-on sleeves, or is it really a pull-on sleeve? If it is I guess that’s even better for the flexibility you get when you’re wearing it.

What did the collection evoke for you over all?

Playful, edgy clothes for young-at-heart grownups.

Also see what our resident fashion editors had to say about Raf’s inaugural NYFW:M’s collection here

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