Thursday 17th September

| BY Paul Toner

Clutch Onto Your Pearls, Raf Simons Is Launching Womenswear

Some rather fantastic fashion news to whet your appetite this afternoon. Just announced via a series of Instagram posts, Raf Simons will present his first-ever co-ed show for his eponymous label next month.

Yes, you heard it right. On October 23, the Belgian creative visionary will put out his first fully-fledged womenswear collection for his own brand. After spending the past 30 years revolutionising, redefining and re-energising the menswear industry time and time again, Simons is set on doing the same once more – this time with womenswear.

This isn’t Simons’ first time at the rodeo, of course. After taking the helm of Jil Sander back in 2018, the designer quickly became a Haute Couture darling when he became Dior’s leading man in 2012. After a two year stint at Calvin Klein, where he re-shaped the house’s codes with his twisted take on Americana, Simons will show his first collection as the co-creative director of Prada on September 24. Two helpings of Raf Simons womenswear within a month of one another? We’re in for a treat!

Photograph: Raf Simons AW20 by Jason Lloyd-Evans. Raf Simons will debut his mens– and womenswear collections on October 23.