At the end of 2018, Calvin Klein announced Raf Simons' departure from the creative studio, less than three years after his arrival. An event poorly received by the fashion world, where many considered that he had not been given the time to prove himself (despite winning several industry awards).
Perceived as a major designer of our generation, his performances at Jil Sander and Dior made him a catwalk-favourite, while since 1995, his eponymous label has been seducing fans of a complex style, between streetwear, techno rave atmosphere and cinematographic references.
For several weeks now, rumors have been going round and round about an alliance between the Belgian couturier and one of the most powerful brands: Prada — which has just been confirmed. He will therefore be joining Miuccia Prada in the family house, where the two creatives will act as co-artistic directors.
While the last few years have been marked by the rise of collaborations between luxury and mainstream brands, it is not uncommon for two designers to join forces, usually with success. Recently, Dries Van Noten thus invited Christian Lacroix to join him for a season, not to mention the decades Lagerfeld spent alongside Silvia Venturini Fendi.
The Simons/Prada duo will be no exception, heralding the dawn of a new era for the Milanese powername (all the more so as the contract has no end date).
Besides, we'll have to wait until next September to see their trial run...