91 posts tagged "Raf Simons"
The equestrian parade continues. The day after Givenchy’s horsey Fall collection, Gucci has announced that Monégasque princess Charlotte Casiraghi (above, at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge earlier this year) will be the face of its forthcoming equestrian-themed Forever Now campaign by photographer Peter Lindbergh. [Vogue U.K.]
In a candid moment, Stella McCartney acknowledged that she still finds the fashion industry “intimidating.” “I don’t go into shops much now, but I used to find it really daunting,” the designer said. McCartney has a shop of her own opening later this week: a second London outpost. [Vogue U.K.]
The cogitating around Raf Simons’ departure continues. In a new piece, the Times‘ Cathy Horyn considers the diminishing role of designers. “[You] sense that designers, their talents apart, are being used in a dreary chess game of brand power,” she writes. [NYT]
Speaking of designer change-ups, Maxime Simoens is reportedly leaving his position at Leonard. While the French designer retains his own namesake label, he is rumored to be in contact with Dior executives. [WWD]
The curtain came down today on Raf Simons’ term at Jil Sander and next week, the brand’s namesake founder will once again be at the helm. Now rumors have surfaced that Hedi Slimane, the designer who came on the scene at Yves Saint Laurent in the nineties, might be back heading back to the French label.
Outlets in the U.S. and France, including WWD, Le Figaro, and the Agence France-Presse are reporting that sources close to the matter have said that Slimane will be named the new creative director of the house. Yves Saint Laurent’s parent company, PPR, has not commented, though current creative director Stefano Pilati’s contract is up next month and there has long been speculation over whether or not it will be extended. Slimane has been focused on photography since leaving Dior Homme in 2007. He has never helmed a women’s collection before but while at Dior, he made custom versions of his men’s suits for female clients.
After yesterday’s announcement that longtime designer Raf Simons would leave Jil Sander after the Fall ’12 women’s show, the house announced today that its founder and namesake (left) will return to the label as creative director. “I am very happy and excited to be back,” Sander said in a statement. “It feels like coming home after a brief journey. The Jil Sander brand is ingrained in my very being, naturally, my vision of sophisticated, truly modern design stayed with me, as vivid as on the first day. Paradigms change and evolve from season to season, but the heart of a brand doesn’t alter. It will be a great challenge and a greater joy to design Jil Sander’s contemporary identity. I am convinced that the moment is as favorable as could be wished. The fashion world needs original voices and genuine signatures. I will do my best to, once again, join the choir.”
Most recently, Sander had worked with the Japan-based retailer Uniqlo on +J, her own line of fast-fashion men’s and womenswear. Uniqlo announced last June that its three year partnership with the designer was at an end and that the current collection of +J would be Sander’s last.
This morning, Jil Sander announced that its longtime creative director, Belgian designer Raf Simons, will leave his post, effective February 27th. (He will show his Fall ’12 Jil Sander collection in Milan on Saturday the 25th.) The announcement comes after several months of speculation that the designer was being courted for other positions: First at Yves Saint Laurent, spurred by an insinuation in the International Herald Tribune in September, and then at Dior, for the role vacated by John Galliano and currently held by Bill Gaytten. (PPR, YSL’s owner, called the rumors “unfounded”; Dior has not commented.) Simons has not yet announced a new position; executives at Jil Sander said in a statement that his replacement at the label will be announced within the next few days.
Natasha Poly is on a roll with Spring campaigns. The Russian-born model scored a coveted spot in Steven Meisel’s Prada ad and is the star of this season’s Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott-lensed Dsquared² campaign. She’s also the face of Proenza Schouler‘s just-released Spring ’12 campaign, featuring their forties-inspired collection. Now, add Jil Sander to the growing list. Raf Simons enlisted Poly and Daria Strokous (who also appears in Louis Vuitton’s candy-coated campaign) for the brand’s new Willy Vanderperre-shot images (pictured). Here, the two look like they are in a horror film, but it’s a very stylish one, to say the least.