I will start this post by stating up front that I am a huge fan of Raf Simons. I loved what he did at Jil Sander and suscribe to his particular brand of minimalism which I consider more feminine and accessible than Sander's. My affection for the designer grew even deeper when I read the profile in the November 2012 issue of American Vogue.
If I had to put my finger on what it is exactly about the profile that made me feel this way, I would have to point to this quote:
“And now I stand in this world, and yeah, it’s a bourgeois environment, in a house that’s seen in France as the most important position in fashion, along with Chanel. But I don’t care about that. What I find amazing is that it’s a beautiful house where I can make clothes to make women happy. I was raised in a very happy nest by very happy people, and I like to think that those are enough ingredients to make me succeed at Dior.”
The quiet confidence and humility that emanate from this statement suggests a well-grounded, well-adjusted individual. In an industry that loves to elevate designers to the status of demi-gods only to tear them to shreds a few years later, these character traits will no doubt serve Mr. Simons well...
Already the "star treatment" of Mr. Simons is well under way with terms like "triumph" (regrettably) tossed around following his debut at Dior. I think the best thing to do for Mr. Simons is to stand back and let him work. His talent and quiet humility will do the rest.
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