The Pieces of the RAF Music Video

Today July 24th 2017 was the release of A$AP Mobs “RAF” music video. It featured some of the greatest Raf Simons pieces from his career. The music video was done in a vintage film direction with fuzzy camera effects. There is over $100,000 worth of Raf Simons pieces, from early collections such as S/S 2002 and F/W 03-04 to newer age collections including the Robert Maplethorpe SS17 and Sterling Ruby FW 2014-2015. The parkas alone are a reason to see the video.

The first pieces that are truly beautiful is the opening S/S 2002 Kollaps sleeveless hoodie and the head wrap. It was filmed in a way similar to the way the runway show was displayed, with the flare being held. (image taken from http://in-the-name-of-raf.tumblr.com)

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(Above is the runway show from S/S 2002 and below is the “RAF” music video)

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The style of filming is similar to a runway show the walk stop and show off the pieces. It is apparent by the pieces shown that the most favoured seasons are S/S 2002 and Sterling Ruby F/W 2014-2015. There are pieces from many other collections including FW 2002-2003, plenty of Raf Simons Adidas shoes, and a personal favourite piece of mine from the “poltergeist” capsule collection. The collection of parkas alone is insane. The most notable one is the Peter Saville “New Order” parka. That specific parka has sold for $7000 USD. (Image Below).

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Above is a few of the parkas from the video. two more examples of great pieces are the ones below. Quavo is wearing the FW 2005-2006 “Poltergeist” parka. below Quavo is Rocky, he is wearing a FW 2014-2015 Sterling Ruby parka.

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Even if you are not a hip-hop fan this video is great to watch just to see the archival Raf Simons pieces. There are some really rare coveted pieces, the video is a great display and clear inspiration of Raf’s early work and Raf’s overall aesthetic. All images taken from the music video, besides the runway show picture.

 

The 5 Favourite Menswear Items I Own

5. Raf Simons Stan Smiths:

The first Raf piece I ever bought. I was 16 and had a part time job washing dishes. I saved  up three paycheques to be able to afford these shoes. I wore them everyday for about 6 months till I decided to buy another pair of shoes. The ones I have are the classic Stan Smith colour way and feature a perforated R on the side where the Adidas stripes would go.

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4. FW13 Saint Laurent Biker Jeans:

There is no item that I have hunted for longer than this one, I ended up finding them on Grailed 2 years after the release. This is one of the greatest pairs of denim I have ever owned. They are black denim with leather panels on the knees and sides of legs. These were not cheap to find in new condition 2 years after the release.

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3. Rick Owens Cargo Jacket:

One thing I have always been a fan of is impractical amounts of pockets. It has over 15 pockets all one the outside, velcro patch, and the classic Rick Owens asymmetrical design. The zipper is a little worn out but the thin nylon material makes it great for all 4 seasons and waterproof for Vancouver weather.

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2. Raf Simons/Sterling Ruby Bleached Denim:

The pure exclusivity of this item makes it top 5, but the fact that each pair has its own unique design makes it even better. This was another hunt item and my introductory season to Raf. The one downside is that they are so heavily bleached that every wear more small holes appear on the bleached areas. It it more a piece of art then a pair of jeans.

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1. Rick Owens DRKSHDW Degrade Denim Jacket:

The most expensive, limited and best item I own is my Rick Owens DrkShdw denim jacket. It is cut and sewn from 4 different types of denim (raw, waxed, bleached, and a navy denim). I can not find another one anyway I look, it may have been a Nordstrom exclusive item. I have looked everywhere to find one but I am just redirected to Nordstrom’s website to the SOLD OUT sign. It features a carry strap on the inside of the jacket and the classic massive Rick Owens Pockets. I have no regrets from buying this item and spending over a year of car insurance on.

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