The Modernist

Fred Perry presents its 13th cap­sule col­lec­tion with Raf Si­mons. By Rachel Ang & Vin­cent Loh

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The first- ever Fred Perry and Raf Si­mons came in the form of the Au­tumn/ Win­ter cap­sule col­lec­tion in 2008. Shortly af­ter its re­lease, it started gain­ing global pop­u­lar­ity. Since then, the power duo has con­tin­ued its highly suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship to de­sign more gar­ments. Now, the sports- in­flu­enced Bri­tish brand and leg­endary Bel­gian fash­ion de­signer come to­gether once again to present the lat­est Raf Si­mons X Fred Perry Spring/sum­mer 2016 cap­sule col­lec­tion.

An es­sen­tial part of a suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion lies in the de­signer’s un­der­stand­ing of the brand’s sig­na­ture style. Through the var­i­ous cap­sule col­lec­tions gen­er­ated for Fred Perry, Si­mons has demon­strated his clear grasp of Fred Perry’s de­sign aes­thet­ics. The brand’s style typ­i­cally ref­er­ences the sub­cul­tures of past and present, and is heav­ily in­flu­enced by vin­tage Bri­tish sportswear. It’s then up to Si­mons, who is known for his ex­per­i­men­tal and min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach, to in­fuse a per­sonal and con­tem­po­rary touch into the clas­sic Fred Perry of­fer­ings.

Heav­ily in­spired by mod­ern art and mu­sic, the 11 looks in this col­lec­tion in­clude striped pique shirts, zip front chevron pique shirts, in­sert T-shirts, and sweaters. More of­ten than not, they fea­ture bold graphic state­ments that are mainly ren­dered in bright sec­ondary colours. A key piece in­tro­duced in the col­lec­tion is a drop- neck T-shirt that plays on pro­por­tions and sits wider on the body than pre­vi­ous T-shirts. A spe­cial mono­gram of Raf Si­mons and Fred Perry is em­broi­dered on the left side of the gar­ments.

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