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Raf Simons Signs On as Prada’s Co-Creative Director

Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons

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Milan Fashion Week Fall 2020 was already making news thanks to Giorgio Armani’s decision to show his collection in an empty room due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now the Italian fashion capital is in the headlines yet again because of an unexpected announcement.

For months rumors have been swirling about where Raf Simons would land after leaving Calvin Klein. Well, we finally know the answer. It was just revealed during Milan Fashion Week that the cult favorite designer is joining Italian institution Prada.

Set to serve as co-creative director alongside Miuccia Prada, Simons’ new gig doesn’t start until April with the designing duo’s first joint collection set to premiere during Milan Fashion Week Spring 2021. “We feel the need to join as creative people in a dialogue, to bring emotion and bring co-creation,” said Simons. In case you’re wondering, the designer’s Raf Simons label will continue.

We’re excited for this new partnership and our minds are whirling trying to imagine what the outcome will look like. Simons totally transformed Calvin Klein’s ready-to-wear business offering up everything from shark tees and tanks to balaclavas. Prada has been going old school lately by bringing back its iconic nylon bags with a sustainable twist. So who knows what the dynamic duo will send down the runway.

But there’s one thing we can guarantee: everyone will be checking out Prada’s Spring 2021 show come September.