Friday, March 24, 2017

Raf Simons Explains Why He Left Dior for Calvin Klein

When Raf Simons left Dior after just over three years, the fashion world was shocked. He previously went into some detail about the split, suggesting that the sheer amount and pace of the work at Dior was too much for him. Now, in a new interview with Amuse, the designer opens up about another one of the reasons he left the fashion house. Simons recounts that as a kid he was so enamored with Helmut Lang, but he couldn’t afford the brand, so he had to connect with it in other ways. “Of course you want some connection for yourself, but with some brands it’s just not possible,” Simons says. “You could not even buy a lace of a sneaker, it’s just too expensive.”

Raf Simons: Material Boy

On a very blustery afternoon in New York City, Raf Simons is wearing one of the covetable super-sized sweaters from his Twin Peaks-inspired menswear collection. The rich chocolate brown one is moth-gnawed and dotted with Boy Scout-ish patches. Simons has had these jumbo jumpers in steady rotation since debuting them in January 2016, but today's wardrobe choice is slightly more apt.