Kvadrat Reflex Fabric
The confident stripes of Reflex rise above the fabric’s flat-woven base, resembling 10cm-wide strips of embroidery executed in a slightly irregular yarn. This rich, soft woollen yarn leaves patches of the base colour visible through the weave, resulting in a sense of depth and complexity in its colour. The wide, clean-edged stripe is both boldly graphic and arrestingly tactile.
In creating the stripe of Reflex, designer Raf Simons was inspired by the festive maritime stripe in upholstery used for Franco Albini’s Seggiovia chair in the 1940s, the artist Daniel Buren’s use of stripes in his architectural interventions, and the long heritage of broad stripes in high fashion. The colourways of Reflex draw on all these sources of inspiration, offering both bold and subtle variations. At the more graphic end of the range one will find a buttercup yellow base with a stippled camel-coloured stripe, a dark orange carrying a fire engine red, and the clean graphic pop of white on black. Subtle, tone-on-tone colourways include charcoal, graphite, cream, and pale grey. Foreign fibers may appear in light colours. The stripe of Reflex runs from selvedge to selvedge.
Kvadrat Raf Simons Look Book 2020
In just two decades, the Belgian designer Raf Simons has headed four of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, transformed the silhouette of men’s fashion, and reimagined the way street style and fine art can influence design. Restless and yet fully-actualized in his aesthetic from the start, Simons continually manages to surprise while reasserting his sharp, fearless vision.
Simons studied industrial and furniture design in Genk, but an internship at Walter Van Beirendonck set the stage for his life in fashion. In 1995, he founded his own menswear label, specializing in razor-thin suiting. By the turn of the century, men around the world had tightened up their apparel. Two months before 9/11, Simons showed a controversial collection accessorized by face-coverings and lit flares. Four years later, he introduced sex appeal to minimalism as head of men’s and womenswear for Jil Sander. In 2012, Dior came calling; in response, he provided edgy takes on smoking suits and pastel couture as creative director. Simons shocked the industry by resigning in 2016, launching a collection under his own name that applied Robert Mapplethorpe’s homoerotic photography to streetwear, then joining Americana icon Calvin Klein as chief creative officer. His kitsch collaborations with Sterling Ruby and taxicab-yellow makeover of John Pawson’s minimalist temple of a Madison Avenue flagship attracted major attention, but after two years Simons moved on again.
In 2014, Simons initiated an ongoing collaboration with Kvadrat, utilizing the Danish master’s innovative textiles in a Calvin Klein collection. The apparel was such a success that the pair decided to bring the fabrics home, for a series of textile collections marrying Simon’s severe wit and Kvadrat’s peerless fabrications. Meanwhile, the catwalk came calling again: in April 2020, Simons joined Prada in the role of co-creative director.