Following the release of monochromatic balaclavas for its headgear collection with Templa, Raf Simons is continuing its partnership with the Australian performance brand with the launch of its Fall/Winter 2019 collection. Teased earlier this year on A$AP Rocky, the collection showcases outerwear, pants and balaclavas as Simons’ entrance into luxury skiwear.
The collaboration takes elements of performance technology, alpine luxury and contemporary fashion to create silhouettes that merge sport and fashion worlds. Featuring the highest rated recyclable fabrics from Sympatex, Recco avalanche reflectors and Primaloft insulation, the FW19 collection pieces do not compromise functionality and durability for contemporary aesthetics.
Taking on oversized silhouettes, ski jackets and pants are printed with phrases and words, such as “Burning Down the House,” “Heroes,” “Losers,” and “Antwerp Since 1995,” along with co-branding on the sleeves of jackets. The collection also features balaclavas in the same colors as the jackets, creating cohesiveness for the finished looks. The color palette focuses on red, orange, black and white, offering a bold selection for Fall/Winter 2019.
Rob Maniscalco, creative director of Templa, explains the intention behind the collection:
“Rather than to repeat and regurgitate what already exists I want to create new relationships that break down these preexisting boundaries and challenge the idea of what something is and the function it serves. There is comfort in what is familiar and what is labeled. I want to disrupt the comfort, redefine a category and create newness that challenges fashion’s function and purpose.”
Stay tuned for the collection to launch on Raf Simons’ website.
In other news, Eckhaus Latta showcased its Spring/Summer 2020 collection at a runway show yesterday at New York Fashion Week.