Renowned fashion designer Raf Simons has made the surprising announcement that he will be closing his eponymous label after 27 years of operating independently. This news comes just four weeks after Simons presented his final signature catwalk event for his brand in London during the Frieze art season, showcasing his Spring/Summer 2023 collection. This marks the end of an extraordinary journey in the fashion industry for Simons.

Simons took to Instagram to express his gratitude to everyone who has supported him throughout his career. In a post titled “Memory Wear 1995 Station to Station Alda & Jacques,” he thanked his team, collaborators, press, buyers, friends, family, and loyal followers for their incredible support. This closure has sparked speculation on social media about Simons potentially taking on a full-time role as the successor of Miuccia Prada, the current creative director of Prada. Simons and Prada have been co-creative directors of the luxury brand since April 2020 and recently presented their joint collection in Milan.

In his Instagram post, Simons also expressed his appreciation for those who believed in his vision and himself. This decision to close his label is just the latest milestone in his illustrious career. Simons started his journey with avant-garde shows in garages around the Bastille in the mid-1990s and went on to hold influential positions as the creative director of renowned fashion houses such as Jil Sander, Christian Dior, and Calvin Klein.

Raf Simons’ decision to shutter his own label after nearly three decades of independence is a significant turning point in the fashion industry. Throughout his career, Simons has made a lasting impact with his unique vision and artistic sensibilities. Although his future endeavors remain uncertain, there is no doubt that his contributions will continue to inspire and shape the industry for years to come.

Useful links:
Vogue: Raf Simons Fall 2022 Menswear Collection
Prada Official Website