Fashion has a strange obsession with drugs and it started way before than the “heroin chic” era. Before Kate Moss, The was Christiane F. A teenage drug addict, turned author, turned fashion icon from West Berlin.
You probably have heard of her or, to be exact, seen her movie. “Christine F.” (1981) dir. Uli Edel but, she’s so much more than the movie. She was a real girl born in Cold War Germany, in the 20th of May of 1962 to an abusive, alcoholic father and a mother who was having extra marital relations.
Two German journalists trying to make interviews about teenage drug use met her by coincidence and were very touched by what she said and made a book with her story. It was taken as a shock at the time, adults weren’t paying much attention to the teenage drug use problem especially not the lower class teenagers, and when “Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo” came out it started to change things a little bit.
At his AW01 collection, after reading the book as a young teenager and an one year sabbatical from fashion, Raf Simons made a collection called Riot Riot Riot! In which you could see various references to the book Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo.
It wasn’t the last time it appeared on one of his runways, though, the no need to be self proclaimed Christiane F. fan in his AW18 collection, yet again, made references to the book and movie in T-shirt’s with pictures of Natja Brunkhorst as Christiane F. In the ‘81 movie hoodies with the book’s name written in red and also more hoodies, T-shirt’s and totes with pictures of scenes of the movie.
Part of the proceeds of the “Youth in Motion” collection were given to centers of addiction recovery as Raf is not trying to make addiction seem cool, but show it to the world with this heartbreaking movie.
Raf made something beautiful with a story that touched him and made even more people aware of the problem that is addiction, because this is the story of the movie. It’s not just aesthetically pleasing pictures, Raf never liked something so shallow and he teaches us all not to too.
The AW01 collection was the one that made me see the movie, I already listened to it’s soundtrack (that is completely by David Bowie) on Spotify but never thought of actually seeing it as I thought it’d be too dark for me, but after seeing Raf’s collection I finally had the guts and watched it (and now, after waiting for a really long time I’m reading the book) and I’m going to talk a little more about that on my next article for Miuse só stay tuned!
And, to all the people who read until here: a video of one of the most loved (and lightest) scenes on the movie: the “Heroes” scene (video below).
-by Ana Luisa Infante Malachias