Raf Simons to show debut signature women’s collections on October 23
Raf Simons has announced plans to show his signature collections next month, when the Belgian designer will finally debut a women’s collection.
In a terse press statement, Simons noted that he is still working out the exact format for the unveiling, but the big news is that Simons will present a women’s collection, some 25 years after first opening his brand.
“On October 23rd, Raf Simons will present both his men’s and his first women’s collection in a format to be announced at a later date,” the house announced in the release datelined Antwerp, the Belgian fashion capital where his company is based.
The decision means that Simons, one of fashion’s most influential designers, will present his signature ideas almost exactly one month after he presents his debut collaboration collection with Miuccia Prada for her house during Milan Fashion Week on September 24.
Simons added that starting October 26th, both male and female collections will be available for the buyers via a virtual showroom.
The 52-year-old Simons launched his own house in 1995, shortly after finishing studies at Antwerp Royal Academy fashion school, and debuted a runway collection in Paris in 1997, immediately winning acclaim for his youthquake style and techno subculture aesthetic. In the past decade and a half he has been successively the creative director of the fashion houses of Jil Sander, Christian Dior and Calvin Klein, making him one of the industry’s most watched creators.
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