You know how sometimes you get in those fights that are so old and obtuse that you can’t even remember what they were originally about? Well, that’s exactly the kind of thing in which Yves St. Laurent designer Hedi Slimane and New York Times fashion columnist Cathy Horyn are currently embroiled.
I guess something like eight years ago, Horyn wrote a review — not of Slimane’s show, but of designer Raf Simons’ work. In it, she claimed Slimane’s ascension would not have happened had it not been for the work of Simons. “Essentially I wrote that without Mr. Simons’s template of slim tailoring and street casting, there would not have been a Hedi Slimane,” explained Horyn in a 2012 blog post.
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Whoo! Guys, it’s Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week! Designer Raf Simons debuted his first collection with Christian Dior this week, to a mind-blowing array of celebrities and designers. The show was set in a series of rooms covered in wall-to-wall blue orchids, white mimosas and roses, which gave the impression of being inside a Rose Bowl float. Anna Wintour loved it though, as did some of the other vaunted guests, including Marc Jacobs, Marion Cotillard, and Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz. Critical reactions to the collection have been for the most part positive — but what do you think? Do Raf’s looks live up to Dior’s reputation? Or does the show fall flat?
After more than a year of speculation, a new designer has been chosen to head up Christian Dior. Raf Simons, formerly of Jil Sander, will take over the position vacated by John Galliano after the designer was fired from his role for making anti-semetic remarks in February 2011. Several designers–including Marc Jacobs, Hedi Slimane and jokingly, Kanye West–were allegedly in the running for the position. In February, Simons was fired from Jil Sander suddenly, though some believe a deal had been in the works with Dior for some time. “The first time I heard about the Dior position,” said Simons of his new appointment, “I thought, ‘This feels right.’” [NYT]
Since John Galliano fell from grace in light of his now infamous anti-Semitic rant, the design team at Dior has gone unhelmed. Veritably every renowned name in design, from Alexander Wang to Riccardo Tisci, has been rumored as next in line for the throne. This time, it’s Raf Simons, who currently designs for Jil Sander, and things are looking serious. Reports in today’s WWD have cited sources claiming that the house of Dior is near to closing a deal with Simons to replace Galliano. Simons is already responsible for breathing new life into the Jil Sander brand, acknowledged as “one of the most desirable labels in the market today.” Keep reading »
In these tough economic times, there’s nothing like diversifying projects to maintain income and interest, a trick both Raf Simons and Doc Martens know too well. In addition to running his own label as well as men’s and women’s collections for Jil Sander, Simons has extended his name and talent to a laundry list of collaborations including Asics and Fred Perry. Martens has done the same with recent partnerships with labels like Yohji Yamamoto and Stussy. So it only makes sense–and cents–for Simmons and Martens to collaborate in a venture of their own. The result is Raf Simons for Doc Martens, a collection of boots, loafers and shoes for boys which borrow the Belgium designer’s clean, modern aesthetic. Our favorite out of the line has to be these metallic numbers scheduled to be in stores and online this month. Log on to Doc Martens online to find out where to buy. [For your man. Bah! Wish they had women's. -- Editor] [Fashionisto] Keep reading »