Raf stans arise! We’ve detected some activity on the brand’s Instagram, the first in twenty three weeks, where stills of the designer’s final Spring/Summer 2023 show were thought to be the last thing we’d hear from Raf Simons.
This morning, the brand posted a series of videos and stills featuring model Taro and singer-songwriter October And The Eyes, among others, walking around public places wearing Raf Simons Runner sneakers. Though this was posted on Raf Simons’ Instagram, there was no mention of Raf, instead crediting Rei Nadal and Charlie Pender as creative directors of the shoot.
The captions read “The RAF SIMONS (RUNNER) special drop has arrived in stores!” Considering the brand doesn’t have any physical, standalone stores, it is still unclear where exactly these sneakers might end up, but Dover Street Market and other luxury retailers are expected to carry the shoe.
The designer announced the departure from his namesake brand just over a year ago, shaking the industry to its core. He wasn’t completely done with fashion though, as the designer had already joined Prada in 2020, as co-creative director, next to Miuccia Prada.
While this isn’t a full-blown comeback from the designer to his brand (and we doubt that will ever happen), it is the first we’ve heard from the brand in months, after a hiatus we thought would last forever.
Keep an eye out for Raf Simons’ socials for any updates.
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