The collaborations between Raf Simons and Fred Perry have proven to be one of fashion’s most enduring relationships; with the linking between the Belgian designer and the British label now entering its 16th season. For its latest collection, Simons has reinterpreted some classic pieces from the Fred Perry archive, mixing them with his focus on youth culture and minimalist influences. Speaking about his long lasting work with the brand, Simons explained that he had always been a fan of Fred Perry: “when I started out, I focused on youth and subcultures, and Fred Perry was one of my many inspirations.”
Key pieces in the 2017 fall/winter collection include the brand’s iconic polo shirt, which is given contrasting collars and thick hems, as well as T-shirts with raglan sleeves and striped cotton shirts. The collection also includes a range of knitwear and a heavy cotton bomber jacket for the colder months. A color palette of industrial grey and dark blue, which are both offset by touches in bronze, brass and green is used. To unveil this collection, Fred Perry commissioned London-based director Sharna Osborne to produce a video lookbook starring model and Raf Simons muse Montell Martin.
The first pieces from the latest Raf Simons collection for Fred Perry are available now via Fred Perry web store, with prices set between £65 GBP (around $85 USD) and £110 GBP, or roughly $140 USD. The rest of the capsule is set to drop in the coming weeks.
Along with the latest instalment in the brand’s long running collaboration with Raf Simons, Fred Perry has also recently unveiled its debut collection with Blondey McCoy’s Thames.