- Words Liam Cattermole
The first instalment of the brands’ last collaboration, Fred Perry and Raf Simons celebrate the DIY spirit of British subculture.
Over several years and countless collections, Fred Perry has provided Belgian designer Raf Simons a canvas to reinterpret British youth culture. A collectable collaboration, that’s referenced northern soul and punk scenes, the partnership embodies the spirit of independence: a facet synonymous with Britain’s most famous heritage brand.
However, after 15 years of continual collaboration, this release marks the first of Fred Perry and Raf Simons’ final collection. Spring/Summer 2023 will be Raf Simons’ last season as a clothing brand, with the designer turning his full attention to Prada, where he’s been co-creative director since 2020.
Whereas previous collections have perpetually referenced the past, the labels analyse the essence of youth culture today in this release. Shot by Ewan Spencer, who’s documented movements like UKG and trip-hop, the clothes seek inspiration from classic British hedonism. Featuring rave-ready utilitarian silhouettes, the capsule speaks to those who like to work hard, but party even harder.
The collection is now available to purchase in store and online.