Now here’s a collection that has me torn in two minds. Yesterday saw the release of the SS11 collection of the ongoing Raf Simons/Fred Perry collaborative effort in Fred Perry Laurel stores, and as per usual it offers the usual twists we have come to love.
This Spring/Summer release takes things back to basics, forgetting the patterns and colour mix-ups we have seen in previous years, this is a collection focused more on the silhouette and shape of each garment. Perfect example of this is their ‘re-invention’ of the classic polo shirt, the Fred/Raf hybrid polo shirt features a traditional shirt stand collar and body darting that creates a slimmer, cleaner silhouette and is without a doubt the keystone of the 38 piece collection.
Another piece that I am particularly fond of is the long sleeve woven shirt that comes in two colours, white and navy with the navy option serving up that Raf touch with the orange Laurel. The cut of the collar is by far my main focus on this shirt, its slim profile with the button down makes it perfect for wearing under a cardigan.
If you have seen the Raf Simons S/S collection, then it is no surprise that Riri zips from switzerland have made their way over into this collection, I just didn’t realise just how many or if there was even a need for essentially a coin pocket on the sleeve of a polo shirt. That being said the zip neck polo shirt is something that at first I really wasn’t keen on however after looking at it over and over, it has grown on me.