Posted by Stephan Moskovic | November 25th, 2015
 
Raf Simons has had as prolific a career as any of the major players in design. From former student at the Antwerp Royal Academy to the helm of major labels, Christian Dior in 2012, Jil Sander in 2005, and his own eponymous line that he started in 1995, his resume reads as an impressive unfolding. The Belgian creator’s singular aesthetic has evolved with much critical acclaim from youth culture to the feminine modernity that made ladies swoon during his time at Sander and Dior. It’s been barely a month since his abrupt departure from Dior after more than three years at the couture house, and many have talked about what his renewed interest in personal projects, in and out of fashion, will bring. Emblematic of the turning tide with many dismayed designers questioning the hurtling pace of fashion, Simons announced his departure to refocus on his own brand and other passions. But what will be his next move? On the 20th anniversary of its launch, we looked back at his personal line’s development throughout the years and what has defined Raf Simons as a designer. Platinum beauty Marjan Jonkman shows off the major archival pieces captured by Models.com’s own Steven Yatsko for your viewing pleasure.

Photography by Steven Yatsko for Models.com

Model: Marjan Jonkman
Styling by Kyle Luu
Makeup by Tomohiro Muramatsu ( ArtList)
Hair by Takayoshi Tsukisawa
All clothing provided by The David Casavant Archive

Intro text by Irene Ojo-Felix
Story concept by Steven Yatsko
Art direction Stephan Moskovic

YOU DON’T FIT IN, SO DRESS LIKE IT
A LITTLE STRING AND VOILA! IT’S AVANT GARDE
Marjan wears the Autumn / Winter 2002 poncho (used here as a skirt) from the collection entitled “Virginia Creeper” and the Autumn / Winter 2001 hoodie.

CAUGHT RED HANDED​
A DRESS CAN BE MADE OF THE MOST UNSUSPECTING MATERIALS
Marjan wears the Autumn / Winter 2002 sleeping bag while stopping to smell the flowers.

BORROWED FROM THE BOYS​
WHAT’S BLACK AND RED ALL OVER?
Marjan takes off the Spring / Summer 2000 bomber as the temps start to rise.

TV ON THE RADIO​
GRAPHIC PRINTS COME TO LIFE
Marjan wears the Autumn / Winter 2003 graphic parka while taking in some Joy Division tunes.

​​CO-Z-BOY
SOMETIMES CASUAL CAN MAKE A BIG STATEMENT
Marjan wears the Autumn / Winter 2001 hoodie and Spring / Summer 2006 pants while making sand castles.

BETTER RED THAN DEAD
ACCENT THE UNDERNEATH WITH SOME ATTITUDE ON TOP
Marjan wears the Spring / Summer 2003 vest and Autumn / Winter 2007 gloves.

CAMO + NET
BLEND IN AND STAND OUT AT THE SAME TIME
Marjan wears the Spring / Summer 2003 net hoodie and the Autumn / Winter 2001 bomber from the “Riot, Riot, Riot” collection inspired by Richie Edwards of The Manic Street Preachers.

BORN TO RIDE
YOU CALL THOSE GLOVES?…
Marjan wears the Spring / Summer 2005 tank and Autumn / Winter 2007 gloves.

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One Comment to “Raf to the Future!”

  1. Barry Sutton says:

    Love this! Would like to let your young emerging fashion photographers know more about SVA’s MPS Fashion Photography program, taught by some of the leading professionals in the fashion industry. mpsfashionphoto.sva.edu for more details. Thanks models.com!

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