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Raf Simons & Sterling Ruby MenswearFall Winter 2014 Paris Menswear

Runway Review
1/15/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Was it a dig at Uncle Sam?

Raf Simons this season collaborated with American artist Sterling Ruby to produce a wacky show with Mickey Mouse shoes, exaggeratedly skinny legs and oversized 1-meter (3-foot) bags set against a backdrop of the U.S. flag.

But the leitmotif, a print of the hands and jagged nails of a wicked witch, made the show feel like evil was lurking just beyond the surface.

Colorful fabric appliques and diagonal stripes made sure that the focal point of the ensembles was on the surface and that the the oversize gray marl jackets or black sweaters beneath were subservient.

The splashed bleach bursts of color also gave this imaginative show an injection of punk.

ECCENTRIC INVITATIONS

In the old-fashioned postwar days of Monsieur Dior, fashion show invitations were sacred templates, only to be written upon by professional calligraphers. How times have changed! The once-classical invite has over the years been given a dramatic overhaul.

In a bid to attract attention for their collections, houses are resorting more and more to inventive gimmicks.

The winner of the most eccentric invitation for Wednesday's shows was the design house 22/4, who lured in guests with a blurred invitation card that could only be read with magic eye goggles (included, fortunately, in the envelope.)

Raf Simons' was a close second with a huge poster that was left blank apart from his name.

With Paris menswear week ballooning with some 50 official shows and countless off-calendar collections, it's little wonder that houses are trying hard to separate themselves from the pack.

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1/15/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

Was it a dig at Uncle Sam?

Raf Simons this season collaborated with American artist Sterling Ruby to produce a wacky show with Mickey Mouse shoes, exaggeratedly skinny legs and oversized 1-meter (3-foot) bags set against a backdrop of the U.S. flag.

But the leitmotif, a print of the hands and jagged nails of a wicked witch, made the show feel like evil was lurking just beyond the surface.

Colorful fabric appliques and diagonal stripes made sure that the focal point of the ensembles was on the surface and that the the oversize gray marl jackets or black sweaters beneath were subservient.

The splashed bleach bursts of color also gave this imaginative show an injection of punk.

ECCENTRIC INVITATIONS

In the old-fashioned postwar days of Monsieur Dior, fashion show invitations were sacred templates, only to be written upon by professional calligraphers. How times have changed! The once-classical invite has over the years been given a dramatic overhaul.

In a bid to attract attention for their collections, houses are resorting more and more to inventive gimmicks.

The winner of the most eccentric invitation for Wednesday's shows was the design house 22/4, who lured in guests with a blurred invitation card that could only be read with magic eye goggles (included, fortunately, in the envelope.)

Raf Simons' was a close second with a huge poster that was left blank apart from his name.

With Paris menswear week ballooning with some 50 official shows and countless off-calendar collections, it's little wonder that houses are trying hard to separate themselves from the pack.


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