Breaking fashion-based news. Everyone’s favourite designer (soz), Monsieur Raf Simons, announced this morning that he will be presenting his next collection not in some far-off warehouse in Paris, but in just a bit further-off Florence, showing as part this year’s Pitti Uomo festivities. Cue much excitement. “Florence has a special place in my heart,” he says, “over the years, I continued returning to present my work or to collaborate to projects reflecting my personal vision.” It’s shaping up to be a bumper fash season at Pitti, with news emerging earlier this year that Gosha Rubchinskiy will also show his collection at the fair.
“We are happy and proud of Raf Simons’ return to Florence,” said Pitti Immagine communication and events director Lapo Cianchi. “Simons has been protagonist of some of the greatest events realized [at] Pitti Immagine Uomo…. We like to think that he sees Florence as the ideal set to explore his professional and personal path, to find energy and inspiration for his future projects.”
Photograph by Jason Lloyd-Evans, taken backstage at Raf Simons AW16