Raf Simons launches his label’s womenswear collection

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A few days ago the Belgian designer presented his much-anticipated collaboration with Miuccia Prada.

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He may be famous among menswear fans but he’s new to budding fashionistas who discovered him at this one-of-a-kind Fashion Week. Raf Simons is a big name on planet fashion and got tongues wagging in early September when he announced the launch of his womenswear collection, the first since he founded his eponymous label 25 years ago.

After training in architecture and industrial design in the early 90s, the prodigal designer with a unique look found his calling in 1995 after a catwalk show by Martin Margiela gave him the creative push he needed to see the light.

The visionary has always been inspired by streetwear (open call castings are a firm favourite for him) and launched his own brand in 1995. Over the years he’s been held up as a menswear maestro, effortlessly making waves with his minimalist and androgenous looks. He worked at Jill Sander before taking over from John Galliano at Christian Dior in 2011 until Maria Grazia Chiuri’s arrival in 2015.

He went back to his roots and abandoned luxury for ready-to-wear when he was made creative director at Calvin Klein four years ago.  

His UFO sneakers were the must-haves from his Solar Youth catwalk show in early 2020 and highly sought-after among sneaker addicts: leather and suede models with retro-futuristic features, these uncategorisable shoes have since become cult items and the keenest collectors are wild about them.

The post-epidemic autumn highlight was the catwalk show by the Belgian designer alongside Miuccia Prada and it didn’t disappoint his loyal fans: they were treated to his signature sharp and strict fits blended with the colourful and feminine world of Prada.

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