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
The Latest in the Jil Sander Saga: Was Raf Simons Fired?
In today's WWD, Bridget Foley has a thoughtful piece about the mismanagement of Raf Simons' ousting from Jil Sander. In it, she says that Simons was "unceremoniously dumped" from Jil Sander, making a point to clarify that he didn't just "leave" of his own volition. When news broke abruptly this past week that this would be Simons' last collection for Jil Sander (and a spectacular one at that), and that Jil Sander would be returning to her namesake label, it was assumed that Simons was leaving to fill that vacant spot at Dior, or, as Anna Dello Russo told us, that he might be focusing on his own label, because that's what he wanted to do--not because he was fired. But maybe he was.