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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VOGUE ♦ Fashion ’90s MTV Classics Are Coming Back to TV—Here’s How to Get Their Look Now

Daria Photo: Courtesy of MTV

Daria
Photo: Courtesy of MTV

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Popmap super oversize round circle glasses, $9, popmap.com; Alpha Industries MA-1 slim-fit flight jacket, $299, superette.co.nz; Proenza Schouler pleated midi skirt, $900, farfetch.com; Cinzia Araia 50mm leather combat boots, $793, luisaviaroma.com

As of Monday, the artist formerly known as VH1 Classic is getting a whole new look: It will be reborn as MTV Classic, a channel devoted to the 24-hour-a-day airing of the aesthetic comfort food of millennials. To name a few of the shows that will be getting the rerun treatment: Daria, Beavis & Butt-head, Aeon Flux, Cribs, MTV Unplugged, Real World, and Laguna Beach. And while it may read like I’m just copy-pasting a BuzzFeed listicle, given the world’s newfound nostalgia for all things ’90s, there’s never been a better time to plumb the character design of shows like Daria for fashion fodder.

     email Expand As of Monday, the artist formerly known as VH1 Classic is getting a whole new look: It will be reborn as MTV Classic, a channel devoted to the 24-hour-a-day airing of the aesthetic comfort food of millennials. To name a few of the shows that will be getting the rerun treatment: Daria, Beavis & Butt-head, Aeon Flux, Cribs, MTV Unplugged, Real World, and Laguna Beach. And while it may read like I’m just copy-pasting a BuzzFeed listicle, given the world’s newfound nostalgia for all things ’90s, there’s never been a better time to plumb the character design of shows like Daria for fashion fodder. Who knows better the power of a badass uniform than Daria Morgendorffer and BFF Jane Lane, or the real-world applications of some black leather like Aeon Flux? And indeed, why look to the starlets not yet born when these shows first aired for band-tee styling inspo, when Beavis and Butt-head slay so royally in their AC/DC and Metallica shirts? Ahead of the channel’s launch on Monday, we’re rounding up high-summer shopping buys inspired by some of MTV’s most memorable protagonists. 3 / 10 mtv Expand Aeon Flux Photo: Courtesy of MTV

Aeon Flux Photo: Courtesy of MTV

Eddie Borgo safety chain silver-plated choker, $375, net-a-porter.com; Cushnie et Ochs turtleneck bodysuit, $695, intermixonline.com; Rag & Bone lace-up denim shorts, $195, net-a-porter.com; Manolo Blahnik 9 to 5 boots, $3,995, farfetch.com

Eddie Borgo safety chain silver-plated choker, $375, net-a-porter.com; Cushnie et Ochs turtleneck bodysuit, $695, intermixonline.com; Rag & Bone lace-up denim shorts, $195, net-a-porter.com; Manolo Blahnik 9 to 5 boots, $3,995, farfetch.com

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Michael Kors Collection ♥ Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear ♥ Elle.com