Raf Simons’s Calvin Klein Pre-Fall 2018 collection continues to explore themes of Americana via quilting, cowboy boots, and Andy Warhol’s iconic art.
At his NYFW show, Raf Simons referenced the 1995 Todd Haynes film "Safe," which depicts a character mysteriously allergic to her environment.
The presence of drugs has played a large role in this year’s Fashion Week. NYFW has featured some serious smoke shows so far. It started Tuesday at the Death to Tennis show, when a rapper named Smokepurpp, seated in the front row, lit up a joint in the middle of the presentation.
Jake Gyllenhaal, the new face of Calvin Klein Eternity fragrances, reflects on his earliest scent memories, being an honest storyteller, and championing equality in Hollywood and beyond.
Designer Raf Simons is now selling $200 duct tape that was featured on his Fall-Winter 2017 menswear runway. Here's why it's problematic.
Hollywood stars usually break out glamorous floor-length gowns for awards ceremonies, and the 89th Annual Academy Awards has been no exception. Stunning bejeweled frocks and head-turning chiffon creations have been spotted on the red carpet thus far. The Moonlight actress wore a white Calvin Klein By Appointment look, which was designed by the label’s new chief creative officer, Raf Simons.
Raf Simons, the fashion industry’s designer crush, just showed his men’s collection in NYFW: Men’s, and it was a love letter to his new home town, New York City. The Belgian designer’s much-anticipated move to NYC, for his new job as chief creative officer at Calvin Klein, has been buzzed about for months
Alexander Wang leaving Balenciaga was just the beginning of the great migration: Shortly after, Raf Simons announced he would be leaving Dior and Hedi Slimane followed with his Saint Laurent departure. Simons and Slimane weren’t the only ones to follow suit.
Fashion is not a spectator sport—like it or not, we all have to get dressed in the morning. That means when style shifts happen, they eventually affect everyone, and that’s something most art forms can’t claim. The biggest style movements of 2015 are already shifting how we shop, what we wear, and who we think is “beautiful.” Click through to see the most powerful style stories of 2015… and what they can insinuate about our immediate fashion future.
Looks from Chanel’s recent Pre-Fall Métiers d'Art collection in Rome. Photo Illustration: Stephanie Jones
Raf Simons takes a bow at his final Dior show. The year kicked off a book dedicated to this topic: Dana Thomas’s Gods and Kings which chronicled the man against the machine crisis that ravaged the creative souls of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, respectively. Before their spring collections, WWD’s Bridget Foley sagely polled both Raf Simons and Alber Elbaz about fashion’s current collision of art and commerce. “It’s almost like a confusion, about what we are, and who we are in fashion.” So it is of little surprise to read in an excerpt of Cathy Horyn’s interview with Simons for an upcoming issue of System magazine that he was not impervious to these demands.
Photo: collage by Stephanie Jones A$AP Rocky has two million Instagram followers, enough hip-hop fans to fill stadiums worldwide, and mega-famous names like Kanye West and Rod Stewart on speed dial. Photo: But you will do another movie, right?
Raf Simons’s last collection for Christian Dior, SS16 collection. Photo: Getty Images Fashion is undergoing a seismic shift. Two weeks ago, Raf Simons announced he was leaving Dior; last week, Lanvin parted ways with beloved long-time designer Alber Elbaz, and earlier this season Balenciaga swapped Alexander Wang for Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia. Any editor will tell you that three makes a trend.
Striped Breton tops, pea coats, and bell bottoms all evolved from Army, Navy, and Air Force uniforms that were designed with functionality top of mind. Over the years, fashion designers have re-interpreted these garments, freeing them from their original functions while relying on their history to lend a utilitarian allure. This season’s must-have silhouette, the bomber jacket, is just one example. The nylon bomber we’re seeing everywhere this season is based on the MA-1, a design first issued in the U.S. Air Force and military around 1950. Prior to the MA-1, military men wore leather and wool shearling flight jackets (like the A-2 or the G-1, famously worn by Tom Cruise in Top Gun).
Photo: Just when you thought the fashion dust had settled, Raf Simons is stepping down from Dior. After less than four hugely successful years as the creative director of the French house, WWD reports that Simons is stepping down “for personal reasons.” Sources tell the trade paper that the break up is amicable, before adding that the real reason was a disagreement over the terms of his new contract, but Simons released his own statement: It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano.
Rihanna’s in the delphinium house! Three days into Paris Fashion Week, the fashion crew was blessed with a real A-lister. The newest face of Dior arrived to the brand’s runway show in a pink cape with fur sleeves and aviators, managing to steal the pre-show from the massive, mountainous display of over 400,000 purple and blue flowers just inside the Louvre’s storied archway. Artistic Director Raf Simons likened the decor to a “soft, fluid landscape of the future” in his show notes and compared to the historic surroundings, the brightly-lit stark white venue did feel a bit like walking into an alternate reality—one filled with ridiculously good looking people, of course. Emilia Clarke, Leelee Sobieski, and Erin O’Connor were among the front row attendees (with the aforementioned superstar, who was protected by two hulking bodyguards swatting away anyone with a camera phone.) Further down the line, Elizabeth Olsen sat quietly taking in the somewhat raucous environment before the lights went down and the curtain went up.
Meet this week’s Tumbrl find: Ubicouture These days, fashion and art go hand in hand, with both disciplines informing each other in limitless ways. Just look at collaborations likes Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton or Raf Simons and Ruby Sterling. Christos Mouchas, the 19 year-old creator of Ubicouture’s transports models straight from the runway into timeless works of art. He has introduced Christian Dior to Frank Stella, Maison Margiela to Mike Kelley, and Celine to Caillebotte.
David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust + James Rosenquist’s For Love = Dior Couture Since taking over as artistic director of Dior in 2012, designer Raf Simons has aimed to make the storied fashion house more relevant and modern.
There were Dr. Scholl’s- inspired sandals at Marc Jacobs, Grecian lace-ups at Erdem, and bedazzled shower slides at Fausto Puglisi. At Louis Vuitton, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière showed high, square-off heels emblazoned with the brand’s logo, while Dior designer Raf Simons offered crocheted booties with a curved, narrow lift. There were classic strappy sandals at Joseph Altuzarra, suede stilettos at Wes Gordon, and flared wooden pumps at Prada.