Raf Simons

The formalist pedigree of Raf Simons is undeniable — an education at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, career in furniture design, internship with Walter Van Bierendonck, and celebrated stints with Jil Sander and Dior provide a few particular highlights — but Simons' genius will be forever grounded in the Antwerp of the 1990s, where youth and subculture embraced fashion at its most irreverent and iconoclastic.