Fw01 “Riot Riot Riot” Skirted Camo Bomber
Raf Simons Fw01 “Riot Riot Riot” Skirted Camo Bomber. As Raf’s garments become more and more coveted, only circulating in the tucked away collector’s marketplace, it becomes harder to document the pieces that actually hold historical and aesthetic significance as they become harder to come in hand. Held at an abandoned warehouse in Paris, fog machines spewing smoke, Aphex Twin blaring overhead was Raf’s most influential and iconic runway: FW01 “Riot! Riot! Riot!”, dedicated to isolated hero Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers. Models were coded in black, grey, olive and muddy colours, completely covered in scarves, outerwear, baggy pants, oversized everything. This was a massive turn for Raf, as his previous collections consisted of sartorial, slim, finely cut and precisely designed garments which were influenced by upperclass youth. Undoubtedly influential to current day designers, but mostly ignored by the hoi polloi at its time.
“At the flea market in Vienna, I saw youngsters from the Ukraine or Romania, who simply lay layer by layer and thus create their own volumes because of the cold,” Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Raf captured the ethos of iconoclasm with this season. The runway was filled with large silhouettes of intense layering and wreaked of radicalism. Each look represented a slice of opposition, more specifically from the youth. This collection also happened to be shown a bit before the 9/11 attacks, but is believed to be more of a quiet observation of racial tensions and political turmoil in northern Europe at the time.
Skirted bomber is actually a repurposed surplus military bomber with a detachable skirt made with thick double layered cotton. Faded and meant to look worn. First look that walked the catwalk.
8/10 condition. One Size, Fits S-XL.