Following on from a string of hugely successful collaborations with Japanese label Comme des Garcons, English streetwear label Fred Perry have revealed their latest designer capsule collection, this time with Belgian maestro Raf Simons…

The collection references the fit and styling of classic Fred Perry skiwear first introduced in the early 1960’s. A key piece includes a turtle neck sweater with laurel on the sleeve in merino wool. All pieces are slim fit with a retro silhouette. The palette is black, highlighted with the 30 leaf Fred Perry laurel originally used in the 1960’s – the laurel will be used exclusively on Fred Perry and Raf Simons collaboration pieces and each item has its own laurel colour.

Simons says of the collaboration: ‘I have always had a huge respect for the Fred Perry label as it is established as an icon in their chosen field, sportswear. As I started my career in fashion focussing on youth and subcultures, Fred Perry was one of many inspirations.”

Much like Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, Simons has re-appropriated the Fred Perry staple (the polo shirt) by turning it into a conceptual garment and applying the clean luxe and attention to detail of his eponymous label. Between Jil Sander, his own Raf Simons line, his Raf by Raf Simons diffusion line, and collaborations with everyone from Eastpak to Fred Perry this designer shows no sign of hitting a creative wall…

Images via Raf Simons Website