Raf Simons

Out shopping

Out shopping


Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 11:34pm

The Z factor

Paul Surridge knew he had big boots to fill when creative director Alessandro Sartori, who launched and established the reputation of Z Zegna, left for new pastures last year.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Big brother

1 Yves Saint Laurent

2 Maison Martin Margiela

3 Z Zegna

4 Gucci

5 Raf simons

6 Jean Paul Gaultier

7 Costume National

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bright Ideas

As the temperature drops, keep your colour palette hot with cheery summery shades of red, yellow and orange.

1 Raf Simons 2 Paul Smith 3 Prada 4 Lacoste 5 Yves Saint Laurent 6 Alfred Dunhill 7 Hermes

12 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

My generation

Belgian designer Raf Simons has a simple view on how fashion works in the 21st century. 'I always think of contemporary fashion as a circle,' he says. 'In the middle you have people like Nicholas Ghesquiere [from Balenciaga] who are defining it and everything flows around them. Once you begin to move around the edges, what you are creating is no longer contemporary.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Raf Simons

Who started it?

8 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Streets ahead

Every time I make a collection it's an exercise - sometimes I feel like I'm writing a book,' says Paris-based designer Haider Ackermann. 'Every season you have a new chapter and you have to inspire the reader to start exploring it.

11 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


Where? Marais is at the top of a quiet staircase in the Royal Arcade, on Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. It is a shopper's paradise, with everything from high-end fashion to edgy streetwear.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

It's in the way you wear it

There is an elitist group of fashion designers whose names have become, quite unwittingly, modes of description in the articulation of style trends: blasts of colour and froth are seen as 'very Lacroix', anything cool and composed is 'so Armani', sexy and skinny jersey dresses are immediately branded as 'very Gucci'.

12 Aug 1998 - 12:00am


THERE USED to be an advert on British television for Audi cars which was intended to prove how sleek and expensive and impeccably designed that product was. And, furthermore, how all these desirable qualities were somehow the very essence of Germany. The voice-over summed up the sales pitch in three words which became a wry, yuppie catchphrase: vorsprung durch technik.

11 May 1997 - 12:00am