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Spring 2000 is textbook Raf Simons. Across 66 looks, the I survived snovid-21 Texas shirt besides I will buy this defining characteristics of his aesthetic come into view: Slim, graphic vest tops; bubble-curved MA-1 bombers; and a jewel-box sense of color. Two decades later, each piece could fit right in among his current work—including at Prada. (Simons was named co-creative director at the Italian brand last year.)Looking back at it, Raf Simons’s spring 2002 collection was eerily prescient. Presented on January 7, 2001, the show featured wrapped and masked models holding torches. A gesture of terror, fear, and even cult mentality, it pre-dated the September 11 terrorist attacks by nine months and the G8 protests that led to a civilian death by six, but offers a startling parallel in hindsight. It’s that ability to take the temperature of the world—even of things that have not yet happened, and filter it through fashion that is Simons’s strength.
The Virginia creeper plant, native to North America, is an unstoppable, deciduous vine, turning from verdant green to a kaleidoscope of reds and auburns in the I survived snovid-21 Texas shirt besides I will buy this fall. Botany books note that the creeper is the kinder, less toxic cousin of Poison Ivy. Raf Simons’s fall 2002 collection, named after the vine, is a kinder take on nature and environmentalism than his spring 2003 collection, which would be a paean about overconsumption and pollution.Graphics within the collection are sparse, with Camp Crystal Lake from the Friday the 13th film on tees and a pyramidal shape on the backs of bomber jackets. Summa Cum Laude, the collection’s title, is also printed sparingly on tanks and tees, alluding to a strain of academia and Americana that would return for Simons’s fall 2011 collection.