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Raf Simons Brings Robert Mapplethorpe Back to Life at Pitti Uomo

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The Belgian designer collaborates with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on a collection inspired by artistic and sexual freedom.

Since leaving the creative helm of Dior's women's collections, Raf Simons has been focusing on what he does best: provocative menswear. Showing his upcoming spring 2017 line at Pitti Uomo, in Florence, Italy, Simons paid tribute to the enfant terrible of photography, the great late Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Shirts bore black and white prints of Mapplethorpe, including his most erotic body of work (one garment featured his infamous "Mr 10 1/2" picture of an erect penis), as well as color transfer of floral still life and polaroid portraiture. The models looked like Mapplethorpe had time-traveled forward to 2016: Flowy overshirts and stripes gave a bohemian, art student feel to the show, while the leather accents and fetish-inspired accessories channelled the photographer's taste for R-rated content.

Click here to see the full collection at Business of Fashion

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