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Raf Simmons, the acclaimed Belgian fashion designer, will be joining Prada SpA as its new co-creative director alongside Miuccia Prada starting on April 2. The announcement, which ended months of speculation as to where Simons would end up after leaving Calvin Klein over a year ago, came at a live news conference held at Prada’s headquarters on the last day of Milan Fashion Week.
The two powerhouse designers will share “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making,” according to the company’s press release. Their first collaborative effort will be the spring and summer 2021 women’s ready-to-wear collection, which will debut in Milan in September.
The move follows Simon’s most recent stint as chief creative officer of Calvin Klein, a post he left in December 2018 after less than two years following reports of clashes with management. Prior to joining Calvin Klein, Simons served as the artistic director of Christian Dior for three years succeeding John Galliano after he was fired from the label after making anti-Semitic remarks. Simons first met Miuccia Prada in 2005 when he was appointed creative director at Jil Sander, which was then owned by the Prada Group. Simons continues to own and design his eponymous menswear line which he started in 1995.
“This partnership, encompassing all creative facets of the Prada label, is born from a deep reciprocal respect and from an open conversation - it is a mutual decision, proposed and determined by both parties,” Prada said in a press release. “It opens a new dialogue, between designers widely acknowledged as two of the most important and influential of today.”