The designer will share the position with Miuccia Prada.
- Raf Simons is joining Prada as co-creative director alongside Miuccia Prada.
- Simons will take up the post on April 2, and his first co-designed Prada collection will be launched in Milan in September 2020.
- The designer parted ways with Calvin Klein in December 2018.
On Sunday, Prada announced Raf Simons as its new co-creative director. The designer will share all responsibilities equally with Miuccia Prada, and his first co-designed collection is coming very soon.
While a collaboration between Simons and Prada had long been rumored, the company’s announcement details a new and innovative way forward for the fashion house.
The iconic label announced the news in a press release and Instagram post. Per Prada, “From 2 April 2020, Raf Simons will join the Prada brand as co-creative director, working in partnership with Miuccia Prada with equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making. The first Prada collection designed by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons will be the Spring/Summer 2021 womenswear show, presented in Milan in September 2020.”
Per The New York Times, “Mrs. Prada said they had been in discussions for more than a year about the possibility of working together.” She also denied claims that Simons’ instalment was in preparation for her own retirement. As she explained at a press conference (via The New York Times), “It is true we need to reinforce the creative aspect in the business. We like each other, we respect each other and we will see if we go somewhere.”