Raf Simons

SHOW AND TELL: Raf Simons will unveil at Pitti Uomo the spring 2017 collection of his namesake men’s brand and present a special project.

Details about the event to take place at the international men’s wear trade show that runs from June 14 to 17 in Florence have yet to be disclosed.

“Florence has a special place in my heart,” said Simons, who left the post of creative director of Christian Dior last October. “Over the years, I continued returning [to Pitti] to present my work or to collaborate on projects reflecting my personal vision.”

In 2003, for instance, Simons curated with Francesco Bonami  “The Fourth Sex”  exhibition at Pitti Uomo. The designer also in 2005 celebrated in Florence the 10th anniversary of his men’s label with a show, video installation and book. And in June 2010, as Jil Sander’s creative director, he unveiled the brand’s spring 2011 collection.

“We are happy and proud of Raf Simons’ return to Florence,” said Pitti Immagine communication and events director Lapo Cianchi. “Simons has been protagonist of some of the greatest events realized [at] Pitti Immagine Uomo….We like to think that he sees Florence as the ideal set to explore his professional and personal path, to find energy and inspiration for his future projects.”