Belgian designer Raf Simons has announced the closing of his much-loved fashion label after 27 years of serving the fashion industry. Raf Simmons announced that the brand will have its last show in October at a clubbing venue in Printworks, London for Spring/Summer 2023.
The Spring/Summer 2023 collection is the conclusion of an extraordinary 27 year journey and the final season of the Raf Simmons fashion brand. I lack words the words to share how proud I am of all that we have achieved. I am grateful for the incredible support from my team, from my collaborators, from the press and buyers, my friends and family, and from our devoted fans and loyal followers. Thank you all, for believing in our vision and for believing in me, forward always, RafRaf Simmons
South African model Denetric Malope took to his social to appreciate Raf Simmons, also mentioning how he hopes to work with him again in the future. The reasons for Raf Simmons’s closure are unknown, this will not be the last time you see Raf Simmons’s name in the fashion industry, he will still continue to be a co-director of Prada alongside Miuccia Prada and in honour of his departure as Raf Simmons here are a few moments best moments from the past 27 years.
The Nebraska sweater from the Fall/winter 2002 menswear collection, everyone’s Raf grail( in my opinion), a collector’s piece and also an archival piece too.
The Riot! Riot! Riot! from his Fall 2001 Menswear collection of every other fashion show. The likes of Kanye West wore the bomber jacket that is worth $20000 (R344 900,40) on the resell markets and Travis Scott wore it in his Antidote Music video.
Another iconic moment for Raf was when he was in Calvin Klein, Raf initiated new silhouettes that CK wasn’t known for, he reconsidered comfort wear at CK and gave it hints of high fashion. He told stories, he had references and his colour scheme was nothing that the target market for CK would have imagined. My favourite piece was the ‘Calvin Klein 205w39nyc x Andy Warhol’, the screenprinting and denim were flattering. Another one is his iconic CK Chelsea boots ‘Calvin Klein 205W39NYC x Raf Simons’ Chelsea Boots
Raf has had more iconic moments, from when A$AP Mob featuring the likes of Playboi Carti, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean put out a song about him titled ‘RAF’ where on the music video everyone was draped out in Raf pieces, recent ones and old ones.
In the fall of 2017, Raf also made an iconic Runway show that had staple pieces for every fashion fanatic. The Runway show was titled ‘I love New York’ and it featured the NY printed oversized sweater.
Raf Simons will always be an ideal designer, his Designs spoke to the audience, and his portrayal of art was evident that he is emotionally inclined with his work. Activism on some of his clothes, rave in other collections and a grootman on some of his fine crafted pieces.