Raf Simons will showcase his new collection in London


The Belgian fashion designer has picked the runway of London Fashion Week for the presentation of his upcoming Spring/Summer 2023 line

Calling all Raf Simons fans: the co-creative director of Prada is set to fly to London to showcase the wonders of his new men’s and women’s collections this coming September. The announcement came yesterday as a provisional schedule for this year’s London Fashion Week was released, giving every London-based Simons stan something to look forward to amid the ongoing climate and socio-political uncertainty. 

Presenting alongside the likes of JW Anderson, Burberry, Erdem, and S.S. Daley to name a few, the Belgian fashion pioneer — who normally launches the collections of his eponymous brand in Paris — will have his London Fashion Week debut this season. 

If there’s anything that those who have followed Simons since the beginnings of his haute couture career know is that he isn’t new to reinventing himself and surprising his crowd in the least expected ways. An industrial and furniture design graduate, the Belgian maverick first discovered his love for fashion during Martin Margiela’s all-white show in 1991; a fashion presentation he wouldn’t have attended without interning at the design studio of Walter Van Beirendonck.

Still from the SPRING 1998 READY-TO-WEAR Collection - Titled Black Palms

That was the start of a groundbreaking fashion journey that saw Simons, a self-trained menswear designer, juggle between the creative direction of his eponymous label (launched in 1995) and that of Jil Sander (2005-2012), Dior (2012-2015) and Calvin Klein (2016-2018). In 2020, he joined forces with Miuccia Prada as co-creative director of Prada, a role that allowed him to breathe new life into the decades-long tradition of the Italian house. Today, the fashion visionary is ready for his next, long-in-the-making adventure and we couldn’t be happier for it to be set in the British capital. 

“It’s been a dream for a while to show in London — a city where fashion and creativity is omnipresent in the streets, and where I see exceptional people with a strong unique style,” Simons says of his upcoming SS23 presentation. “I’m extremely excited that this dream is becoming a reality now, and I’m very happy to welcome the amazing people and faces that make up the London scene to my show. Can’t wait to see you and dance the night away.”

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