Fashion designer Raf Simons has announced that he is becoming co-creative director of Italian fashion house Prada, where he will work alongside Miuccia Prada.
This isn’t the first time that Simons has worked at a high-end fashion house. Since launching his self-titled menswear label in 1995, the designer served as creative director for Jil Sander between 2005-2012, before moving on to Christian Dior where he stayed until 2015. On August 2, 2016, Calvin Klein announced Simon’s appointment as Chief Creative Officer of the brand. In December 2018, Calvin Klein and Simons announced they are ‘amicably parting ways’, after Calvin Klein “decided on a new brand direction different from Simons” creative vision.
The collaboration between Belgium-born Simons and Miuccia Prada – who has sat at the helm of Prada since 1978 – is said to come from ‘a deep reciprocal respect’ between the two designers.
“It opens a new dialogue, between designers widely acknowledged as two of the most important and influential of today” said the Italian fashion house in a statement. “Conceptually, it is also a new approach to the very definition of creative direction for a fashion brand – a strong challenge to the idea of singularity of creative authorship”.
The first co-designed collection is to be unveiled for spring-summer 2021 during a fashion show in Milan in September. Come into the beautiful world of Prada.