‘Always amazing, always inspiring’: Raf Simon closes fashion label after three decades

Raf Simons fans have expressed their sorrow at the news that he will be shutting down his eponymous label after 27 years.

The Belgian designer deleted the brand’s Instagram account and posted the shocking announcement on the social media platform, which confirmed that the brand’s spring/summer 2023 collection would be the “conclusion of an extraordinary 27-year journey and final season.” from the fashion brand Raf Simons”. .”

“Words fail me to share how proud I am of all we have accomplished,” he wrote. “Thank you all for believing in our vision and for believing in me.”

Followers of the honored designer responded to the news on Instagram with heart emojis and messages of respect for the designer.

“Raf Simons was the reason I fell in love with fashion. It’s so sad,” one wrote, while another wrote: “My son will be very upset when I name them Raf Simons.”

Another said: “Thank you for the inspirations, memories, vision and iconic character. Thanks for everything!”

Celebrity fans of the fashion designer also expressed their sadness at the news, with Marc Jacobs commenting: “Always amazing. always inspiring. Thank you Raf”, while ASAP Rocky posted a broken heart emoji and Gwendoline Christie three black heart emojis.

While Simons offered no explanation for the shutdown, some have speculated that financial market instability may be the reason behind the decision.

Others suspect the 54-year-old wants to focus entirely on his role as co-creative director at Prada.

With fans including Rihanna, Emma Watson and Charlize Theron, Simons has a global reputation as one of the most acclaimed designers in contemporary fashion.

Models walk the runway during the Raf Simons Menswear Fall/Sinter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week in January 2020.

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Launching his eponymous label in 1995, Simons highlighted youth culture and took the radical step of casting people off the street, rather than models, to walk in his shows.

Following international recognition for his designs, he held positions at Jil Sander, Dior and Calvin Klein.

And in 2014, Simon’s work at Dior was the subject of a documentary, Dior and me which propelled the designer into the public eye.

As one of the original members of the “Antwerp Six”, a cohort of graduates of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, which includes Dries van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and Walter Van Beirendonck, the group was credited with developing a Advance. -think of a new aesthetic and put Belgian fashion on the global map.

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