Is Raf Simons About To Join Prada?

23 January 2020
Culture, Fashion, Raf Simons, Prada, Calvin Klein, Dior

The Belgian designer has been linked with Prada and people are hyped

Raf Simons, the visionary designer and former creative director of Christian Dior and Calvin Klein has been out of contract since 2018, focusing instead on his own label.

However, according to a credible Twitter source (so, y’know, take it with a pinch of salt), he could be about to move to Italian giant, Prada.

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In a now deleted tweet, Jacob Gallagher a fashion editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal said that he was getting word Raf could be about to move to Prada.

The Internet reacted accordingly and Twitter is now awash with people convinced Simons is about to be announced as Prada’s new creative director.

Simons, meanwhile, has history with Prada Group, the company having appointed him as creative director of German label Jil Sander in 2005. He eventually left the brand in 2012 to take over from the recently fired John Galliano at Dior.

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Simons’ spent three years at the French house before resigning in 2015 to spend more time working on his own projects and was then drafted in to help revitalize Calvin Klein.

Simons’ first collection for the American super brand was very well received but despite this, they parted ways after Calvin Klein’s management decided to take the brand in a new direction.

What this means for Prada is anyone’s guess. It seems unlikely that Miuccia Prada would want to hand over the reigns at her eponymous label.

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Both Prada and Raf Simons just presented well-received collections at Milan and Paris Fashion weeks, respectively.

It’s also unclear whether Simons would take on womenswear, menswear or oversee both.

“I’d love to see what Raf would do at Prada” says GQ Middle East’s style editor, Rusty Beukes, “but he is the sort of guy who wants things on his own terms. If he doesn’t get that, it won’t happen.”

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That Gallagher has deleted his tweet doesn’t necessarily mean the move won’t happen. The machinations of fashion PR are dark and mysterious after all.

We’ll say this: if anyone could take over Prada, it would be Simons. But don’t get your hopes up just yet.