Belgian designer Raf Simons is confirmed to take on the role of Co-Creative Director at Prada, effective April 1st, 2020. The acclaimed designer will be working alongside Prada’s current Creative Director, Miuccia Prada, to develop the men’s and women’s collections for the iconic Italian fashion house. The move marks the very first time that a very first time that a non-Prada family member will take on such a prominent creative role within the storied label.
“Prada is a brand that I have been interested in my whole life. I cannot wait to express to all of you the dialogue I will have with Mrs Prada and her team,” said Simons at the press conference. “To be really honest, Mr Bertelli approached me right after my exit from Calvin Klein. Miuccia and I had a conversation about creativity in today’s fashion system. And it brought me to open dialogue with many designers, not just Mrs Prada. We have to re-look at how creativity can evolve in today’s fashion system.”
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From 2 April 2020, Raf Simons will join the Prada brand as co-creative director, working in partnership with Miuccia Prada with equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making. The first Prada collection designed by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons will be the Spring/Summer 2021 womenswear show, presented in Milan in September 2020. Discover more via link in bio. Photos by: Brigitte Lacombe Willy Vanderperre
Raf is one of the industry’s most sought-after designers today having previously completed high-profile albeit somewhat tumultuous stints at Dior and Calvin Klein. This will be the second time the designer will be working with Prada Group as Miuccia Prada and Prada’s Chief Executive Patrizio Bertelli had hired Simons as Creative Director of Jil Sander in 2005. The appointment had been highly lucrative for Prada Group as Simons had single-handedly guided Jil Sander to attain critical and commercial success during his 7-year tenure.
The designer will continue to work on his namesake menswear label alongside his new role at Prada. For those wondering, Miuccia and Raf’s first collection as co-creators of Prada will debut at the Spring-Summer 2021 women’s fashion week in Milan this September.
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