Why Raf Simons’s Hire at Calvin Klein Is Good for New York Fashion ♦ Vogue Runway

Raf Simons and Jennifer Lawrence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, 2013 Photo: BFA

Raf Simons and Jennifer Lawrence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit, 2013
Photo: BFA

Calvin Klein confirmed today the long-rumored appointment of Raf Simons. The Belgian designer replaces Francisco Costa on the women’s side, and Italo Zucchelli on the men’s, both of whom exited the company in April of this year, as Calvin Klein’s chief creative officer. The news has galvanizing potential, and not just for fans of Simons’s 21-year-old eponymous men’s collection or of his work at Jil Sander or Christian Dior, the prestigious French fashion house he abruptly left last October. He’s good for New York fashion.

Simons is a designer’s designer. His July 2012 haute couture debut for Dior was attended by Azzedine Alaïa, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, Diane von Furstenberg, and Olivier Theyskens, lending the changing-of-the-guard moment an historic aspect. Simons’s Dior was a markedly different one than that of his predecessor John Galliano, modernist and introspective, where Galliano’s was historicist and flamboyant, and the influence of his sleek minimalism spread across fashion’s four capital cities. Off-White founder and Kanye West’s creative director Virgil Abloh, meanwhile, is an obsessive collector of Simons’s menswear; “he’s my Martin Margiela, my Michael Jordan,” he told me. To look at the output of Simons and Abloh is to see a direct link.

Soon, Simons will be a New Yorker, mingling at industry events and negotiating crowded Garment District streets, but he’ll bring the glamour and buzz of Paris to the Big Apple with him. Editors, buyers, and other influencers who leave New York early to get to London for its collections, or who go home for a little R&R in advance of Milan and Paris, will be inclined to stick it out until Calvin’s traditional end-of-week show to discover for themselves how the intellectually inclined Simons will interpret the spare sensuality that is the Calvin signature. Or maybe Simons will put his stamp on things with a new Fashion Week slot? As the hottest ticket in town (sorry Marc, Alex, et al), he’d have that prerogative. A new day and time for Calvin Klein could reshuffle the whole New York schedule.

From left: Raf Simons Spring 2017; Dior Couture Fall 2015; Jil Sander Fall 2012 Photo: (from left) Umberto Fratini / Indigital.tv; Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv; Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

From left: Raf Simons Spring 2017; Dior Couture Fall 2015; Jil Sander Fall 2012
Photo: (from left) Umberto Fratini / Indigital.tv; Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv; Marcus Tondo / GoRunway.com

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The Secret to Candice Swanepoel’s Skin

ELLE Exclusive:

The Angel doesn’t just wake up like this (ok, maybe a bit).

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As Max Factor’s global ambassador, Candice Swanepoel gets to glean makeup tips from the best in the business – like the brands Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. When she’s not travelling to far flung locations for a shoot or walking the runway in frilly bits of lace, she’s blending up homemade face masks in her kitchen.

Describe a standard day.  

Waking up at 7am, getting ready for work, making breakfast or a quick smoothie. I could be going to the airport, or being on a photo shoot. After work I either spend time with loved ones take my dogs for a walk or do a yoga class if I have energy. I love to be at home if I have a day off, FaceTiming my family, catching up on sleep and organising my days so I can be properly prepared.

What’s the secret to great looking skin? 

Regular exfoliation and using a good illuminator. I use a sunscreen everyday which also can give a nice glow.

What are your makeup essentials?

I’m combination/oily so I use Max Factor Facefinity Compact [$31.95, 1800 181 040] and blotting papers to keep the shine in check. I always have on mascara and a compact foundation on me – I’m currently using Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara [$23.95, 1800 181 040] as it helps build big lashes really quickly. I also always have some lip balm to keep lips hydrated and some eye drops.

You’ve worked with makeup extraordinaire Pat McGrath a lot of your career. What’s been your favourite?

I’ve had so many unforgettable moments with Pat. I met her when I first started modelling when I was in Milan doing the make-up looks for Dolce & Gabbana. She took my hand in such a motherly way that I will never forgot that moment. It’s really amazing to work with her through Max Factor after all these years that I have been working and now that I’m at a different stage of my career. I have a very special place for her in my heart. Aside from the person she is, her make-up is the best in the industry. The way she can transform you is unbelievable, it’s an art. It’s beyond make-up.

What’s the best tip she’s taught you? 

I’ve taken tips from many brilliant make-up artists, including Pat McGrath. She taught me all about contouring, which when done right can look amazing. It’s really important to find the right colours and shades for your skin tone. What may suit one person, make-up styles or colours, may not suit you.

What other brands do you use?  

I’m usually in search for a more natural approach to my beauty products, so using things you would normally find in your fridge, like coconut oil, yoghurt, honey, fresh avocado, persimmon fruit. I started making my own face masks when I was a little girl.

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