Collaborated With: adidas
What They're Known For: Square, drapey silhouettes. Grail status bomber jackets. Youthful collections with a rebellious appeal.
Raf Simons is much more than a reference on an A$AP Rocky record (they're friends, too.) When he's not designing for his eponymous label or collaborating with adidas and Eastpak, Simons is the creative director at Dior. Although he only designs the label's women's line, it's Simons' background in industrial design that gives the Belgian-born designer his most insightful cues for his work. His sneakers with adidas have become known for their exaggeration of silhouettes and he's also designed sneakers before his run with the German athletic brand. Two of his most notable models are an upscale take on the Nike Vandal and high-tops inspired by astronauts. Simons can either keep things simple or take them over the top, but there's still a statement made with each piece. His recent collab with adidas even utilizes the same snap closures on some of his Spring/Summer 2014 pieces.