Raf Simons was photographed by Willy Vanderperre for one of i-D’s eight covers for its Summer 2012 issue. The headline reads: “It’s Show Time! Starring Raf Simons” and the cover image seems to be both a nod to the end of his tenure at Jil Sander, and the beginning of his career at Christian Dior. Simons is swathed in black and white flowers that of course cover one of his eyes in execution of the customary i-D wink. His last collection for Jil Sander was so delicate, romantic, and beautiful, with pillars of flowers on the runway, and the cover seems to signify that all that is over and done with. Simons is moving on, and so should we.
“I love it!” Nepenthes exclaimed. “It gets me even more excited about Raf's future work at Dior!”
Psylocke agreed: “I love this. So dramatic with the black and white flowers. Stunning! Can't wait to see the other covers, i-D has put out some really impressive covers lately,” she added.
Scott also connected with the cover shot: “Love the cover and I love the use of the flowers,” he wrote. “Gives it that somber sense of drama which I think kind of works in general with Raf.”
For those of you who aren’t impressed with the Raf Simons cover, i-D has seven more chances to impress you. Their cover of a lingerie-clad, heavily pregnant Julia Restoin Roitfeld, which was photographed by Mario Sorrenti, has also been revealed. As far as scantily clad pregnant women go, I think Julia looks quite beautiful.
Images: facebook/i-D online via the Fashion Spot forums.