Brand: Raf Simons
Season: Fall/Winter 2022 Men's and Women's
Editor's Notes: Bigger isn't always better, except when it comes to fashion.
For fall, Raf Simons supersized some of our favorite trends, proving that more is, well, more.
Enormous bags, a hot topic for Spring/Summer 2022, were blown up to even heftier proportions. Pillowy carry-alls and backpacks boasted appendages of excess fabric, leaving trails of shiny satin in their wake.
Simons also riffed on fashion's penchant for big boots — footwear that Ye has been championing for months — with Wellington-like waders, some constructed with dramatically squared toes.
Lastly, Simons embraced face-obscuring headgear, pushing balaclava mania in a more experimental direction. Instead of knitted snoods (or, say, head coverings made of designer baby jackets), the designer showed hooded capes, felted tricornes, and creations that can only be described as large, fuzzy mushroom caps.
There was more to the collection than size, though.
Other notable elements included outerwear and separates made of shiny, latex-adjacent material (fashion always loves a fetish moment), knitwear painted with trompe l'oeil silhouettes, and plenty of takes on Simons's signature bomber jacket.
Between its eye-catching proportions, optical illusions, and inventive fabric choices, the range is a boon for the street style and social media set, whose presence relies on through-the-screen attention grabbing.
Not bad for a guy who once struggled to convince fashion that he's more than just a minimalist.