We have been incredibly excited to welcome Raf Simons Fall 17 Collection to our Britomart & Wellington stores the past week.
Earlier in the year our menswear buyer Dayne Johnston traveled to New York to view the runway show. Having attending the last 20 Raf Simons runway shows, Dayne is an avid follower of Raf Simons work and counts him as one of his favourite designers.
You can read a travel diary of Dayne's trip to New York for the Raf Simons show here thanks to Viva. Below, an excerpt:
"Showcasing his Autumn/Winter 2017 menswear collection, the intimate show is held at an art gallery in Chelsea. We’re greeted by the Raf Simons staff at the entrance, who are grateful we have travelled all the way from NZ to attend the show. We are very excited to be here.
The show is incredible — Raf’s interpretation of his new hometown, so there are lots of references to New York. The clothes are American-inspired, and there is a blazer in the show which was inspired by a vintage find in NY — it’s oversized and they have even replicated the woollen fabric of the original.
The casting and music for the show are wonderful, I am in love with the whole collection. We buy Northern Hemisphere winter collections for our New Zealand summer, to keep in sync with Europe/UK and America, so it can be very challenging trying to select heavy clothes for summer.
But there are lots of trans-seasonal pieces, which is great — I had already seen the clothes on the rack in the Paris showroom, so it is inspiring to see them put together for the runway show. Each boy wears a pearl necklace to complement the outfit.
After the show we spot A$AP Rocky, and Nic gets a photo with him. There are lots of famous people at the show, including Vetements muse Paul Hameline. We also meet Luka Sabbat — he is a stylist and model and is wearing head-to-toe vintage Raf Simons.
As we make our way back to the hotel, we see Vogue’s creative director-at-large Grace Coddington. She has been at the Raf show and we stop and talk to her. What a goddess and lovely lady — I ask whether I can get a photo with her. Back at the hotel we post photos on our Instagram, discuss the show and feel very uplifted to be in this incredible city."