Belgian fashion designer, Raf Simons has made a huge name for himself in the fashion industry. Simons previously worked as Dior‘s Creative Director from 2012-2015. After resigning from Dior, he became the Chief Creative Officer for Calvin Klein, where he still currently works.
Simons has made headlines recently after rap artist Kendrick Lamar wore his pieces on stage during his 2018 Grammy’s opening performance. Lamar took the stage along with U2’s Bono, The Edge, and comedian Dave Chappelle to sing a variety of his songs including “XXX” and “King’s Dead.”
Lamar wore a Raf Simons Spring/Summer ’02 oversized, slouchy hoody with Autumn/Winter ’05 black pants.
Under Simons’ direction, Calvin Klein has modernized and become more popular with younger generations. This is evident in Calvin Klein’s latest campaign featuring the Kardashian/Jenner family.
In addition to Calvin Klein, Simons has maintained his own personal menswear label for years. The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn once said,
“Simons is probably the most influential menswear designer of the last decade.”
His designs have become most notable for their deconstructed, but impeccably tailored look. It may seem like a contradiction, but Simons makes it work. Each piece looks undone and oversized, yet fit to perfection as high-end menswear should be.
Simons has also gained notoriety for his more affordable line, Raf by Raf Simons which opened him up to an entirely new fan base of millennials wishing to wear his clothing. The designer understands menswear and tailoring better than most, avoiding falling into mainstream fashion with collections that push the envelope. He also loves to use younger, yet to be established models for his shows rather than supermodels who grace many other high-end runways.
Everything about Simons’ label and creative direction is authentically his own. He doesn’t worry about what others are doing around him. Instead, he sets trends and looks to consistently set himself apart from other visionaries.