Raf Simons Menswear Fall Winter 2013 Paris

Just as the fashion world waits for Miuccia Prada to set the sartorial tone in Milan every season, in Paris that honor now goes to Raf Simons. So where is Simons sending men next winter?  On a quest for a new interpretation of what masculinity is supposed to mean.

With this collection the designer seemed like he was questioning the traditional standards of what a viral man has to look like. On his catwalk as the Chris Isaak song “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing” played, Simons offered up the argument that men don’t need strict tailoring or structured outerwear to look and feel powerful.

The power comes from within the man himself.

It doesn’t matter if he is wearing a somewhat dandy looking coat in a slightly A-lined shape. A self assured modern man will be able to combine a pair of full cut floor skimming pants with shirts in strong shades of egg yoke yellow, mint green or robin egg blue that finish in pointy long lapels and cuffs. He can wear with confidence a double-breasted jacket with a band of fabric lashed across the chest or a shell sweater covered in lines of pixelated computer images of a musketeer.

Buts most of all the strength of a Simons man comes from his choice to be an individual. To challenge the status quo and decide that being daring in the way he dresses is the best way to disarm his adversaries and retain, at the very least, a sartorial supremacy.

- Jessica Michault