Last recorded CFDA Fashion Awards given to Calvin Klein was in 1993. After 24 years of silence, Klein gave signals of glorious return with Raf Simons when Mr. Klein was awarded in two categories in CFDA Fashion Awards 2017. The reason of these prestigious awards is Raf Simon’s creativity fed from Antwerp with courage and freedom. Here are 5 effective moves of Raf Simons who started his career with that two principles.
Let’s be beamed to supermodel era on runway, 90’s. While success of a fashion show was measured with success of supermodels, a rising voice from Antwerp moved to change DNA of high-end fashion with liberty and uniqueness. One of the Antwerp chevaliers, Raf Simmons, announced he is not attached to traditional norms and forms via radical model army. The tight cut dresses were outline of the 1994 Fall \ Winter collection which was carried by random man from street instead of famous models.
Every fashion designer from Antwerp has one thing in mind: Revolution. Raf Simons embodied his passion for revolution in most violent and protest way possible. He wanted to inoculate fearlessness to the fearsome generation of 9\11 with his 2000 collection.
Persuasion of Art
The constant flirt of art and fashion is an unquestionable fact but Simons is one of the rare designers to turn this relationship into a passionate love. She persuaded her career with art and his muses were his close friend and collage Peter Saville, Robert Mapplethorpe from Sterling Ruby, and many others.
Ambassador of Minimalism
High-end fashion might have met with minimalism thanks to Helmut Lang and Jil Sander but Raf Simons is the name behind its’ temporary reputation in this world. Especially during he occupied creative director chair in Jil Sanders, he had the chance to plead his philosophy on feminine minimalist details.
As he couldn’t make peace with traditionalism, when he took on a task in Dior we all wondered whether he would lay claim to Mr. Dior’s heritance. He wasn’t outrageous and reckless to erase his marks in Dior, on the contrary for over 3 years he tried to evolve the houses traditional line into a modernized version.
While floral garden fashion shows and great collections were celebrated with incredible success, Simons followed his instincts and his Antwerp roots; he resigned. He was celebrating his adventurous and rebel sight. With this unexpected move, he gave a precious lesson to the fashion world: “Wherever you are, be free”.