Lest we forget that Raf Simons began his career in furniture, the fashion designer chose to show his new collection amid the works of Jean Prouvé and Alexander Calder. The industrial and furniture design-trained Belgian tastemaker hasn’t looked back since his radical decision to enter the world of menswear and launch his eponymous label back in 1995, but one need only look at his home in Antwerp - lined with pieces by Noguchi, Jeanneret, Chambost, Miro and Nakashima, among others - to see his design roots still run deep. So last night, he lured his audience to the Gagosian Gallery in Paris’ Le Bourget, where he debuted his S/S 2014 collection in a joint exhibition of two of the titans of 20th century design and art.
Models weaved their way in between Prouvé’s ‘Station Essence Total’, an awe-inspiring structure that he proposed as a portable gas filling station in 1970. They strode past guests, some of whom were lucky enough to be seated within ‘Pavillon Démontable’, a monumental prefabricated house that Prouvé constructed in 1944. And framing the scene, were Calder’s colourful sheet metal and wire mobile sculptures, the likes of ‘Rouge Triomphant’, ‘Les Trois Barres’ and ‘Enseigne de lunettes’. x