Raf Simons Will be Co-Creative Director of Prada
Announced Sunday, Belgian designer Raf Simons will join forces with another iconic designer, Miuccia Prada, as co-creative director of the Italian house Prada. The two peers will have “equal responsibilities for creative input and decision-making,” a statement said. Once Raf Simons exited Calvin Klein, everyone waited to see which brand the designer would take on next, but an equally-footed, long-term collaborative effort between these two industry titans was a most unexpected move. The announcement has been met with curiosity and excitement for what the co-creative director format could mean for the future of fashion. [New York Times]
Paris Fashion Week Continues
Running until Tuesday, March 3rd, Paris Fashion Week closes out the last of a month long marathon of shows. Highlights from the week included Dior’s feminist manifesto collaborating with artist Claire Fontaine for a set meant to empower; Marine Serre offered the most sophisticated glimpse of her “futurewear” to date; Coperni held their first show; Off-White sent Yolanda Hadid down the runway with daughters Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid; Saint Laurent added its signature sex-appeal with a collection of luxe latex. Plenty more to come from an always packed Paris calendar!
Coronavirus Cases Cancel Seoul Fashion Week
Seoul has decided to cancel its fashion week amidst a rising number of Coronavirus cases. The virus, also called Covid-19, has raised global alarm and the number of cases in South Korea is at 2,022 as reported by the South Korean Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is at 13. F/W 2020 Seoul Fashion Week would be spotlighting 36 designers from March 17th to the 21st. Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo, which runs March 16th to the 21st, will announce if it, too, will be cancelled on March 2nd. [i-D]