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.
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.
Popular fashion designer Raf Simons
is reportedly moving to partner with Prada. Raf was recently in a longterm partnership with Adidas since 2013, collaborating & releasing a variety of different sneakers togetherpic.twitter.com/flw3G02lde— Ovrnundr (@Ovrnundr) January 22, 2020
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.
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.
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.”
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.