Originally Posted by sipang
Sure but then you're left with a pretty flimsy generic black/white fishtail, no ?
If by flimsy you mean its fabric, as I said I tried on the black version of that coat in store. Didn't feel flimsy to me, or anyway not any more than what you would expect (and want) from an unlined cotton spring/summer piece. In fact, while I don't think Raf is always very successful with fabrics, I think he tends to do best with cotton.
It's a bit of a lost cause around here to advocate later-period Raf Simons, but I still think that he does silhouettes and colors better than just about any other currently active designer, which is what I liked about this coat (and also patterns, but that doesn't apply here). If you think it's generic, how many other pure white fishtail parkas have you seen this summer in other designers' collections, or in high-street store windows? I don't remember seeing a single one, to me that doesn't say generic. I'm not sure however that what makes Raf's garments stand out IRL always translates very well in a photo, or maybe the models the retailers' stylists throw these items on don't have the bodies to wear them well, I don't know. I have noticed though that almost all my Raf items attract (positive) looks IRL, including those that look plain, pointless or outright silly online. Flared pants for instance, which nobody
does better than Raf. I wore a pair of flared dress pants to work yesterday and never felt self-conscious or out-of-place for a second, which is quite a feat for a designer to perform in an age when literally every
guy around you wears the same tapered-below-the-knee silhouette, whether it's jeans, suit pants, slacks, chinos, whatever.