Raf Simons: “It’s wrong to call me a minimalist”

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Raf Simons may have pioneered minimalistic fashion at Jil Sander, but he denies that he won’t be able to adjust to the flamboyance of Dior.

Speaking to WWD, the Belgian designer said: “I don’t think it’s wrong to call me a minimalist. It’s wrong to call me a minimalist only. I am also a romantic person.”

Simons, who held the role of creative director at Jil Sander from 2005, also outlined his commitment to his new role saying: “When I’m married to a house, I will fully embrace its original intention, its original heritage and meaning.” He is set to arrive in Paris today to begin working on his first collection as head couturier at Christian Dior, which he’ll present during Paris Couture Week.

Raf didn’t seem an obvious first choice for the classical fashion house, as he triumphed at Jil Sander with his simple, modern colour blocking, but he insists he knows what he’s doing. “I wouldn’t go to that place if I only had minimalism in mind,” he said. “I’m very aware of what the environment is about.”

We’re looking forward to seeing if he can rival John Galliano’s theatrical efforts of the past.

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