Ten years ago, British Indie Rock was in the midst of its hey day. Fedora-clad rockers like The Kooks were battling it out with the likes of The Maccabees and the Arctic Monkeys for places on The Inbetweeners soundtrack, while Florence and her Machine were re-introducing the world to just what Female vocalists were capable of in a post-Fleetwood Mac world. Grime was merely a subculture of a subculture.
Then, a decade ago this month, The xx came along. Their sound, much like the cover of their debut album, was minimal. Stripped-back. Forlorn. Its two vocalists sung at each other to low-end pop beats that hinted at the prowess producer Jamie would go on to demonstrate with In Colour. Not a single sound was out of place, and an entirely new sound, and mood, had arrived in British music.
The xx have gone on to become one of the most influential bands of the decade, crafting three critically-acclaimed albums that came to influence far more musical trends than they're given credit for. Meanwhile, their endlessly stylish music has cemented them as de facto fashion icons, with The xx's members having both collectively and individually worked with Dior and Raf Simons during his tenure at Calvin Klein.
Now, to celebrate a decade of The xx, they're getting the band back together, so to speak, with the aforementioned Raf Simons for a unique capsule collection designed by Simons' eponymous brand.
According to a release from RS, the collection will constitute T-shirts, caps, pins and limited-edition patches, with the first hints released on Raf Simons' Instagram account.
In the separate posts, the band's three members Romy Madley Croft, Jamie Smith and Oliver Sim, wear Raf Simons black turtlenecks adorned with an X pin. On the pins are engraved Simons' initials.
Raf has worked with The xx before, creating the concept for the music video 'I Dare You,' which incidentally stars Millie Bobby Brown.
The capsule collection will release on December 12 at select Raf Simons stores.