Raf Simons stunned the industry today when he announced on his brand’s official Instagram account that his Spring2023 collection will be the last for his eponymous label. The fashion show, held during the Frieze London art fair, turned into a frenzy after the last model walked the runway.
Simons launched his brand at ) after working as a furniture designer and interning in the design studio of Belgian Walter van Beirendonck. He quickly achieved cult status with youth-oriented collections that showcased his natural ability to distill inspiration from the underground art and music worlds into recognizable minimalist silhouettes.
His spring collection featured works by the late artist Philippe Vandenberg, who, though we didn’t know it at the time, turned out to be prophets. “The words are cruel, like ‘kill them all and dance.’ But he didn’t mean to kill people,” the designer told Sarah Mower at the time. “What he meant was to kill what you’re doing creatively in order to move on and further explore. “
Simmons wrote in his Instagram post, “I have no words to share how proud I am of everything we’ve achieved. I thank my team, my collaborators, media and buyers, my friends and family, and our loyal fans and devoted followers for their incredible support. Thank you, everyone, for believing in our vision and for believing in me. “
Simons PR said the post will be the only official communication about the move. The next time we see Simons will be at the Prada menswear show in Milan in January, where he from Been co-creative director there since the early 2020 days.