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Kvadrat Ria Fabric

by Raf Simons
for Kvadrat

Kvadrat Ria Fabric

by Raf Simons
for  Kvadrat

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The use of color in Ria takes inspi­ra­tion from Pointil­lism, the painterly tech­nique through which vibrant fields of color are built up by apply­ing pure pigment in precise, indi­vid­ual dots. Each of Ria’s color­ways brings together three tones of yarn. The textile base is made up of thinner, single-toned yarn, through which is woven two colors of thicker yarn to create a subtly textured dotting of color across the surface.

Softer color­ways include a duck egg blue ground with tones of prim­rose and golden yellow, stone with winter white and laven­der, and natural wool with dusty pink and pine green. Similar tones play out across darker vari­a­tions of Ria, which are woven with a char­coal base. Bolder versions of both paler and darker color­ways incor­po­rate yarns in a true orange and cobalt blue.

As with the Pointil­lists’ optic mixture, the frag­mented colors of Ria created a subtle shim­mer­ing effect, which is empha­sized by the use of viscose. Contin­u­ing to explore three-dimen­sional texture found through­out the Kvadrat/​Raf Simons collec­tion, Ria has an invit­ing rough texture.

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Raf Simons

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.

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