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1999 Classic Curved Hem Tank Top

Raf Simons

1999 Classic Curved Hem Tank Top


IT 48: Best for any size between a large IT 44 - 34 Chest - XS and a slim IT 48 - 38 Chest - S/M.

Raf Simons sleeveless top from S/S 1999 'Kinetic Youth'. In excellent used condition. Made in Belgium.

Simons's S/S 1999 collection was inspired by the restraint of Bauhaus and the nonchalance of high school gymnasium outfits. Sportswear was effortlessly combined with tailoring to create a relaxed atmosphere, while simple silhouettes and clean lines gave a uniform-like cohesion to the clothes, often disrupted by raw edges and subtle splashes of colour. The streamlined aesthetic of the show was given a monumental dimension by the location of the runway at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, with the models walking on concrete walkways before a gigantic mirrored globe. Cathy Horyn writes:

'The central question about Simons, and the one that has gone unanswered, is: How did he do it? How was someone without training or signs of genius able to project such a remarkably accurate portrait of urban youth? And not only that, but how was he able to give the idea by his choice of music and use of large public spaces that youth was also a monumental event?'

The curved hem top is Raf Simons's first signature basic. It was shown in every runway presentation during the label's first five years, and the influence of the design can be seen in many of Simons's recent pieces (pictured: S/S 1997 'How to Talk to Your Teen' and S/S 1998 'Black Palms'.) While Raf's streetwear is often praised for its graphic-centred approach, this piece demonstrates the designer's early efforts to transform the proportions of menswear, inspired by the clothes worn by Belgian youth.

Cut slim in the body, the top has a shirt-like curved hem that falls on the waistline. The short length and form-fitting shape produce a sharp punk-inspired silhouette that in many ways represents the youth culture-inspired aesthetic of Raf Simons's first collections. The side seams are slightly curved towards the left to achieve a better drape, while the fabric is a medium-weight cotton jersey. The crew neckline and sleeves are finished with ribbed binding.

This versatile top is a classic from Raf Simons's early years. Simple yet effective, it will add sophistication to even the most basic outfits. 

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