Text by Kee | Photo courtesy of Prada
Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons

Whilst fashion has a perpetual obsession with collaborations, Prada has snagged itself a semi-permanent one of sorts that proved to be Milan Fashion Week’s best kept secret. Enter Raf Simons, the prolific Belgian designer who is a longstanding critic’s choice to take over the creative hot seat of any fashion house of his liking since he left Calvin Klein at the end of 2018. The announcement that the 52-year-old will work alongside Miuccia Prada as co-creative director of Prada is perhaps surprising news, considering both are strong-headed veterans in the field with nothing to prove. But it is the overwhelming success they have achieved individually that makes this double act their next personal challenge – think of it as a tennis player finding glory in both singles and doubles. Prada’s press release acknowledged that both will have “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making,” ending any speculation that Simons is playing the role of an understudy. Simons reports to his new job on April 2 and the pair kick off their collaborative journey with the spring-summer 2021 womenswear show in September.

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