2005 Acid Washed Denim Asymmetric Spiral Jeans with Pocket Details
Raf Simons skinny jeans with asymmetric details from S/S 2005 'History of the World'. In very good used condition with minor signs of wear. Made in Belgium.
Ambitiously titled 'History of the World', Simons's S/S 2005 collection was a flawless exercise in the designer's transgressive experimentations with tradition and innovation. The clean lines of Raf's razor-sharp tailoring were paired with dramatic streetwear to create a visionary proposal for contemporary menswear. Cathy Horyn writes:
'Not many designers would have the instinct to call a collection History of the World, as Simons did in July 2004, and have the models descend on a pair of huge escalators or print on their invitation the names of people and things that had changed the modern world, as if to suggest that fashion -- or any one of us -- could do the same. How many people would make such a moral claim in a cynical age?' (our emphasis)
In a similar statement, Tim Blanks explains:
'Simons has undoubtedly made a difference to the world of menswear, and this collection only served to underscore the power and originality of his vision. Once absorbed by radical punk icons and slogans, Simons has now shifted his frame of reference to an earlier period: specifically, the moment when Kraftwerk put its pop culture spin on the nexus between man and machine. [...] He expressed his tailoring skill in linear, luxurious suits and coats that had a Gattaca flair. [...] Then the leanness exploded, in triple-pleated leather trousers, funnel-necked tops, and huge white coats that floated like angel wings. On that optimistic note, Simons concluded a stunning show that felt like a fresh start for him.' (our emphasis)
Futuristic and highly unconventional, these jeans capture the collection's paradigm-shifting aesthetic. Their construction is completely asymmetric, with seams that subtly spiral around the legs and a multitude of interesting storage compartments. The fabric is light grey denim with an acid wash treatment that gives it pronounced variations in colour. The cut is skinny with a narrow leg.
The attention to detail seen in these trousers is exemplary and demonstrates Simons's capabilities as a truly avant-garde designer. The front features two zipped pockets with oversized flaps. The back features a wedge-shaped patch pocket on the left, partly covered by a larger velcro pocket placed along an asymmetric seam starting at the yoke. On the waistband, a small pocket can be rolled into itself using velcro. Finally, a diagonal welt pocket is placed across the seam of the right leg. The overall result is an abstract yet dynamic look that is quintessential Simons. The zip fly is finished with a minimalist button in an antique bronze finish, while all pockets are lined in brushed cotton.
Overall, these beautifully crafted jeans is a wonderful example of Simons's idiosyncratic vision. Their unique details set them completely apart from ordinary jeans and will add a striking element to any casual outfit.