Monday 20 June 2016

Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2017

Raf Simons worked with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on his spring men's collection. For his return to Pitti Uomo, Raf Simons transformed Florence’s Stazione Leopolda into a Nineties-inspired warehouse rave with colored spotlights and electronic music paying  homage to Robert Mapplethorpe’s work.
 “I was contacted by the foundation, usually it’s me contacting the artists,” Simons said right after the show. “They wanted to see if these could be transported to another field or medium.”
The designer had access to the photographer’s complete archive and selected images from different periods of his career, including portraits of Patti Smith, self portraits, still lives which he translated into prints on oversize cotton shirts, apron tops and apron skirts layered over slim pants.

Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989, was celebrated for his questioning and merging of both good and bad taste, a dichotomy that can be seen in several nude self-portraits in the collection. His deep friendships are also represented in photos of Patti Smith, as well as Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, and various unknown subjects. Currently many of his work is on display in a massive Mapplethorpe retrospective at LACMA.

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