In the humble tradition of K by Karl Lagerfeld and Marc by Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons (of Jil Sander fame) has introduced a secondary line named... RAF by Raf Simons. In an interview with Dazed and Confused, Simons explains his desire to create a second line. The urge stems from Raf's feeling of disconnection, both from the youth culture that's inspired him (like Hedi Slimane), and from an industry that requires his designs meet other people's expectations. But despite the fact that RAF is technically a diffusion line, Simons is quick to point out that lower prices don't indicate lower standards: "I don't want to be ruined, like other people have been, by their second lines. You can get to a point where the whole image is lost, and it becomes so tacky that it damages the whole brand." Judging from his F/W 07 collection, Simons shouldn't be concerned. His RAF pants could be the Hedi Slimane suits of the future - chic girls everywhere might be vying to get into a pair of his graphic jeans. --ALLIE MERRIAM
Raf Simons to Dior?
With the Dior/Marc Jacobs deal seemingly dead in the water, we've been waiting to hear who the next designer on the list would be. Well, it seems that Dior has been heavily courting Raf Simons, the creative of director of Jil Sander. This isn't the first time a big name French house has tried to snag the critically-acclaimed Belgian designer: Remember the pretty convincing rumors about Simons decamping to Yves Saint Laurent to replace the beleaguered Stefano Pilati? That ended up going nowhere, with Simons' four year Jil Sander contract being cited as a reason that he couldn't possibly be moving to YSL. While obviously nothing is certain, WWD is reporting that Dior and Simons are "close" to a deal.