Quotes by: Raf Simons

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Raf Simons
Born (1968-01-12) 12 January 1968 (age 48)
Neerpelt, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Education Industrial Design and Furniture Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Parent(s) Jacques Simons
Alda Beckers
Awards Swiss Textiles Award 2003
Website rafsimons.com
Labels Raf Simons
(1995-)
Raf by Raf Simons
(2005.06-)
Jil Sander
(2005-2012)
Christian Dior
(2012-2015)

Every weekend, I'm on the highway to Antwerp. I need to be there, to have the calm. It's a whole different life: I jump on my bike, and it's so small, I can be anywhere in a minute. I like to be at home when there's free time because when you're at a big company, you're constantly surrounded by 30 people.
Raf Simons
There's a very different kind of psychology going on in the fashion scene than in art. When artists connect to a system because they want to make a living, it's their own choice. In fashion, designers don't have that choice.
Raf Simons
My challenge is to find a beautiful balance: to make women beautiful, to make a woman dream to wear a beautiful outfit.
Raf Simons
One of the first things I picked up when I was very, very young out of a record store was work from Peter Saville - the early things he used to do for Factory Records.
Raf Simons
I want to get away from couture just being done for a picture or for a single moment on the red carpet. I want to try and convince women that couture can be worn in the day and that there's a reality and relevance there, because that's what Mr. Christian Dior wanted.
Raf Simons
Fashion is such an octopus. You're connected to so many people: suppliers, pattern makers, production teams, marketing teams, vendors.
Raf Simons
I am always attracted to the moments when a person who is associated with a certain message, image or sensibility evolves. I am very interested in how audiences respond to that maturation and absorb the evolution.
Raf Simons
Unlike fashion, art isn't applied. It doesn't have to serve anybody. It doesn't have to be there for any other reason than to give an impression of what the world is about.
Raf Simons
There are people who, if they see something in couture that they perceive as ready-to-wear, they're in shock.
Raf Simons
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.
Raf Simons
The fashion thing is something I do, and yes, it is definitely also becoming a part of myself and my personality. It also doesn't really feel like a job, either: it's a dream or a passion or something.
Raf Simons
If I see a fashion show with literal influences, it doesn't make me think any more. It doesn't make me dream.
Raf Simons
Berlin is in a state of transition. There are lots of people who don't stay here. They pass through. They might not 'clean up,' but they mature. It is a city where people spend a significant time in their lives, and then they move on.
Raf Simons
I'm very scared sometimes that fashion might attack its own magic by the amount of exposure.
Raf Simons
In the nineties, it was common to see people who expressed themselves through one designer - the Jil Sander woman, the Martin Margiela woman. You saw her on the street, and you knew who she was.
Raf Simons
In fashion design, you can divide people into two groups. You have people who come with an aesthetic that is there forever, even if it evolves. Then you have people I call 'jumpers.' One season it can be this; the next season it's completely something else. I always knew I am more of a jumper.
Raf Simons
My ideas for the next collection always happen a couple of months before the show. I have learned to shut up and not bother my assistants with it.
Raf Simons
Somewhere, in some city in America, someone is wearing my clothes, and I'm happy with that.
Raf Simons
I see there is a lot of behaviour in men's fashion, which is systematic. It's a lot about all these kind of clothes that can be easily combined with each other, and it's less and less, I think, about making a fashion statement.
Raf Simons
My inspiration is endless; I can't define it. It is a constant flow and evolution. In general, I'm taking it from everywhere. People get nervous when they walk with me, as I'll see something and suddenly have to text it to myself.
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