“A uniform is something that makes you feel able to think. You have to feel well, so that you are able to think.” Miuccia Prada
I wrote my fashion college dissertation on uniforms so the ‘New Prada’ SS21 collection from Miuccia and Raf was right up my strada. Specifically it took its cue from Miuccia Prada’s own uniform of skirt-sweater-kitten-heels, spliced with Raf Simons’ street sensibility. So, circle skirts with slouchy sweaters, hoodies and hole-gouged tops, 90s two-pieces of shell tops and long-legged pants, and couture coats fashioned from Re-nylon (aka fabric du jour, upcycled nylon). (more…)
I’m excited for the news that Raf Simons will be co-creative director of Prada alongside Miuccia as of April 2nd. The news was announced on Sunday, after Milan Fashion Week editors were invited to an impromptu press conference at Prada HQ.
The joint creative directorship has been positively received by the industry, although not without questions. In short, how do two equally radical and intellectual minds share the load? (more…)
I didn’t see the Raf Simons SS20 show irl, but I watched it on Instagram Live – is that not the same but almost better? Except instead of chatting to your seatmate after the show, you read the reactions of other Raf-heads (and then check Tim Blanks’s review to fill the missing knowledge gaps).
So accordingly, the Raf Simons SS20 show was a resetting, or returning back to basics of sorts. (more…)
Raf Simons has pivoted to textile design. Kind of. Well, as a practitioner who doesn’t like to pigeonhole himself, that’s one of his focuses at the mo. Caroline Roux profiled him in this Observer story on the work he’s doing for Danish textile company Kvadrat, which was just shown at Milan Design Week. (Sidenote: we love our ‘Kvad-Raf’ cushions!) Here’s his thoughts on the sped-up pace of fashion. (more…)