Releasing Friday: Raf Simons AW2002 “Virginia Crepper” Distressed Sweater.
Raf’s fall 2002 output, “Virginia Creeper,” deployed camos and bondage-wear amongst innocuous camp sweaters and letterman jackets. It was a perversion of classic Americana. A metaphorical expounding on the grotesque proclivities that simmer in ignorance beneath the white-picket fences of small towns. It was a wholly unique theme for the fashion world, with kindred spirits more easily found in works like Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” On a more personal level, the contrast of civil and taboo garments was a stimulating exhibition of the duality of youth, a desire to both conform and subvert, something Raf's early work such as “How to Talk to Your Teen” similarly explored. Outerwear from the season largely shied away from prints, opting rather to communicate through shape and material, with fabrics as unique as plastic being employed. The sweaters from Virginia Creeper were famously constructed to rapidly degrade, creating the illusion of aging generations in the immediate years after their release. Like vintage garments, no two sweaters can unravel the same way, creating unique properties such as the hanging cuffs on this crewneck. The back print features a triplet of branches arranged together, as if to mark a location, or provide the base of a fire.
Available Friday the 29th, 12:00PM EST (-5 GMT), at Middlemanstore.com.