Raf Simons has built an impressive career over the past two decades.
With a background in architecture and furniture design, the Belgium native first stepped into fashion when he interned with Walter Van Beirendonck in the early ‘90s, followed by the launch of his eponymous label in 1995. Ten years later, he signed on as the creative director of Jil Sanders, and remained there until 2012 when he took the reigns at Christian Dior following John Galliano’s embarrassing termination.
Since then, he’s maintained notable momentum. Dior president and CEO Sidney Toledano says the French fashion house has “outperformed" the market and has seen substantial growth while under the direction of Simons. Furthermore, his namesake label has also acquired a cult following, which can definitely be attributed to his unique fusion of streetwear and luxury garments.
But even with all that success under his belt, the designer says he’s becoming bored with fashion.
In a recent interview with Elle magazine, Simons reveals that his growing boredom toward the industry can be attributed to fashion's easy access.
“[T]oo much gets smashed in people's faces. Fashion is now pop, where it used to be a niche. It moves with such speed," he told Elle. "[S]ometimes it leads to a lack of depth. The mystique is gone. Now being a fashion designer is like becoming a lawyer [...] Fashion is overtly about commerce.”
Reporter Daphne Merkin goes on to explain that this side of Simons is just one of many depicted in the upcoming documentary “Dior and I,” which focuses on Simons' time at the storied fashion house. But despite his disenchantment, the article points out that Simons is clearly making waves with almost every label, collection, and project he takes on. And we can only hope there’s more to come.
You can check out the full article on Simons at Elle magazine’s website.