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“There were a lot of things that go back to my early days — why we started doing the things we did,” Simons said. “There were strong music references from the past [juxtaposed] and taken out of context. It was about movies, “Blade Runner,” it’s about cultures sliding together, Asian culture, cultures of the West. There was more of a new wave punk attitude.”
Long raincoats in a variety of English plaids, shorter rain jackets — at times worn backwards — and sleeveless trenches represented the bulk of the collection, which looked better suited for wintery weather than cool spring days.
A few Simons favorites also made an appearance including oversize V-neck sweaters with distressed hems styled off the shoulder and ultra-boxy tailored suits in single- and extreme double-breasted styles worn over baggy culotte-style pants.
Simons was also creative in his use of layering, using elongated tabards, cutoff album cover T-shirts and lightweight sarongs in place of pants that had a very youthful, do-it-yourself attitude.
With this solid effort and its memorable production and setting, Simons’ managed to single-handedly raise the bar of New York Fashion Week: Men’s once again.