Some things are the same as they were 100 years ago, and that's a serious truth in the world of menswear. It's officially the 100th Anniversary of Fred Perry's birth but if I saw him riding the F Train on the way to work wearing that outfit pictured on the left, he wouldn't look like an old timer, he'd just be the freshest guy underground and an inspiration for the rest of the day. We've seen decades of bell bottoms and leisure suits, but it's comforting to know that the right suit is eternal. Mr. Perry's iconic personal look has been redesigned by Raf Simons to celebrate the centennial milestone of his birth, and if you notice, he hasn't changed much. Raf Simons is as unsentimental about the past as a designer can be, but you suspect that when confronted with updating Mr. Perry's look, Simons didn't have much to add. The pants are a bit slimmer. That's about it. If that little has changed since Mr. Perry's heyday, you might be making a safe bet for the next century by buying yourself a Raf Simons for Fred Perry ensemble.
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