A new Amer­i­can dream

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FASHION -

HE left his po­si­tion as cre­ative di­rec­tor at Dior cit­ing a need to con­cen­trate on his epony­mous la­bel, among other things, and the move ap­pears to have paid off for Raf Si­mons.

The Bel­gian de­signer an­nounced plans re­cently to show his Au­tumn/Win­ter 2017 men’s col­lec­tion at New York Fash­ion Week: Men’s next Fe­bru­ary, mak­ing it the brand’s de­but on the city’s cat­walks.

“Raf is one of the most in­flu­en­tial de­sign­ers on the in­ter­na­tional fash­ion stage,” said Steven Kolb, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Coun­cil of Fash­ion De­sign­ers of Amer­ica (CFDA).

“His creativ­ity and en­ergy are a wel­come ad­di­tion as we con­tinue to grow this im­por­tant plat­form for Amer­i­can menswear.”

The state­side move sug­gests the Euro­pean de­signer has global am­bi­tions for his la­bel to crack North Amer­ica, hav­ing shown his Au­tumn/Win­ter 2016 col­lec­tion in Paris ear­lier this year, fol­lowed by a Spring/Sum­mer 2017 col­lec­tion that was re­vealed dur­ing Florence’s Pitti Uomo menswear event in June.

Per­haps Si­mons is tak­ing a more US-fo­cused ap­proach to fash­ion fol­low­ing his ap­point­ment as chief cre­ative of­fi­cer at one of the coun­try’s most renowned fash­ion houses, Calvin Klein, which was an­nounced in Au­gust. His de­but col­lec­tion for the brand is also set to be re­vealed for the Au­tumn 2017 sea­son.

Si­mons stepped down as cre­ative di­rec­tor at Chris­tian Dior last Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing three-and-a-half years as the head of the legendary French house’s wom­enswear depart­ment. “It’s a de­ci­sion founded on one hand by my de­sire to con­cen­trate on other cen­ters of in­ter­est in my life, no­tably my own la­bel, as well as the pas­sions that mo­ti­vate me be­yond my pro­fes­sional ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said at the time. Those other pas­sions may have to wait for a while – for now. Si­mons’ ca­reer ap­pears to be go­ing full throt­tle. – AFP Re­laxnews

Bel­gian de­signer Raf Si­mons.

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