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    My dad only ever talked about two things: bicycles and Mercedes.
    — Raf Simons
    It felt wrong for me to stay totally connected to that very strict way of approaching the heritage - what it can be, what it cannot be. That was also the period where I really thought, "No, let's open it up."
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    tags: thoughts  wrong 
     
    But overall I want to make sure people fall in love with the clothes and that they are satisfied
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    tags: people 
     
    I'm very scared sometimes that fashion might attack its own magic by the amount of exposure.
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    tags: fashion  magic 
     
    I know this independence is what people like most about my brand.
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    Sometimes it's more a matter of collaboration which matters in a collection.
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    I'm not so rock and roll. I'm more techno.
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    Becoming a fashion designer is agreeing with the fact that what you experience or what you see as free is also connected to a system. Does that mean giving up your freedom? I still don't know the answer. There's a very different kind of psychology going on in the fashion scene than in art.
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    I'm not an isolated person. The more I connect to people, the more I have the feeling that things work.
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    tags: people  work 
     
    My aim is a very modern Dior, but at the end of the day, I also look back.
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    My whole life, I've always had to be surrounded by creative things. I find it relaxing to be in touch with creations by other people.
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    Well, my own men's collection always felt very free back in the days before Jil. Once you make it this kind of dialogue with other people, with a fashion show and clients and whatever, it becomes something else. Free meets not so free.
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    tags: fashion  people 
     
    I'm a designer, and for me, things are always evolving, and such evolution is necessary.
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    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.
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    tags: fashion  world 
     
    Fashion is such an octopus. You're connected to so many people: suppliers, pattern makers, production teams, marketing teams, vendors.
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    tags: fashion  marketing 
     
    I find it fascinating to see the fact that women want to buy things that they see on men.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: men  women  facts  fascinating 
     
    If I see a fashion show with literal influences, it doesn't make me think any more. It doesn't make me dream.
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    Fashion has a long interest in collaborative situations.
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    tags: fashion 
     
    In fashion, general people will look to the piece itself. [Some designers] concentrate on, 'How can I make this seam look special?' or 'What am I going to do with that button so it looks interesting?' I am not interested in that. At the moment, I am more interested in the shape and the form. I have a big desire to make clothes without defining them.
    — Raf Simons
    When it's only clothes, that is not satisfying enough for me. I don't think I could do this for 10, 20 years if that was all. It also has to be about a psychology or a mentality or a concept.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: psychology  year 
     
    The fashion world doesn't know the word stop, so you have to make sure there are sublime moments every day.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: fashion  world  moment 
     
    The future, for me, is romantic, I don't understand people who say the past is romantic. Romantic, for me, is something you don't know yet, something you can dream about, something unknown and mystical. That I find fascinating.
    — Raf Simons
    I'm usually very attracted to things that I can't define. If something's too clear, it's very often not inspiring to me anymore.
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    tags: inspiring 
     
    I dont want to show clothes, I want to show my attitude, my past, present and future. I use memories and future visions and try to place them in todays world.
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    My mother was a cleaning lady all her life.
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    tags: mother 
     
    You do what you do. Or you do what you have to do. I don't know how to explain it better. I think that in the moment, you can't see connections, but sometimes afterwards you do.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: moment 
     
    I would prefer to use the word free. I think the Dior thing is so much freer. There was not so much free about Jil's way of working.
    — Raf Simons
    And even being in the middle of it, at the LVMH group with Dior, there are certain parts of it that I'm just not really in, because it's not in me or my nature. The whole scene around it, the events, the photography ... It's never really been my thing. But I don't take a critical position on people who are very much about that either.
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    My own show with Sterling Ruby, for example, seems like such a huge disconnection from Dior couture, but then I think, yeah, in both collections there was a very strong focus on the human hand and the actual work of people making garments. So in that sense, they were completely related. But I didn't realize that during the process.
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    Robert Gober, for example. He doesn't seem like somebody who is just going to show in a gallery that asks him to show. He's just making his work, and when he's ready, he's going to show it.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: work  example 
     
    I've always seen myself as a small entity, and it will always stay like that. I'm not changing. But I think the big challenge for me taking on the Dior thing is to see how I can connect that to such a huge institution.
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    tags: challenge 
     
    I see my position in that whole Dior construction very differently from my own brand. My own brand will stand or fall because of me. Dior won't fall if I fall. It will also still stand if I'm not there. I'm coming in there and it's like a - I don't know the English word - like a passage.
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    I always try to connect with what's happening in the world-reality, modernity, the 21st century, all that - and with Jil it started to feel very disconnected from the outside and how women were looking at fashion, experiencing fashion, interpreting fashion.
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    tags: fashion  women 
     
    The Dior heritage is so broad. It has a strong presence in the work. So, when people have to define it quickly, it's, like, the Bar jacket and the movement and the luxury and the Belle Époque and so much more.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: people  work  strong 
     
    I don't find it difficult anymore, because these days, Raf is only men and Dior is only women. I found it much more complicated when I was doing Jil Sander for men and women. It wasn't that it was the same, but I'm specific about where I want to go, and when you suddenly have to do two men's collections in the same moment, that was more difficult.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: men  women  moment 
     
    We are very excited to re-launch the collaboration with Fred Perry. We have great appreciation for the heritage of the brand as well as their dynamism in guiding the brand towards the future. Their openness to create synergies between both our brands will bring interesting, creative results.
    — Raf Simons
    I think it's different in fashion, because even if I would be an outsider, I would still be in the middle of the whole world of contemporary fashion. But it's interesting to think what outsider fashion could be. Does it mean to be completely disconnected from the regular system or just disconnected style-wise?
    — Raf Simons
    Contemporary art for me is a real driver; it propels us into the future. And at the same time, it's what connects us to the past, from a perspective of artistic evolution in which the succession of eras and styles gives meaning to creation.
    — Raf Simons
    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. I know everybody mentions Azzedine Alaïa, but he's been going for a long time in the system - showing to people, selling to clients - and I think it's admirable how he's transformed it into his own system in a way, but it's still a system.
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    It was a challenge for me to see how I could deal with that at Jil, and I had a lot of doubt about it. I wondered if maybe it was just better to do your own thing in the long run, like an artist.
    — Raf Simons
    tags: doubt  challenge  artist 
     
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