In an expansive new interview with GQ, legendary designer Raf Simons offered his unfiltered thoughts on new school talents ahead of his highly anticipated Calvin Klein debut as well as his first men's show in NYC. Specifically, Simons said he isn't inspired or excited by Virgil Abloh's work with Off-White. Well, not yet anyway.
"Not Off-White," Simons told GQ's Noah Johnson when asked if young designers like Abloh and Vetements' Demna Gvasalia are inspiring to him. "He's a sweet guy. I like him a lot actually. But I'm inspired by people who bring something that I think has not been seen, that is original. It's not always about being new-new because who is new-new?"
Speaking on Demna's work, Simons said he "knows what he is" and is bringing something to fashion that's always desired: youth and rebellion. "But you cannot escape from it," Simons said. "He knows it himself as well. It's been there for many decades at Martin [Margiela]. Oversized hoodies with text prints. It's been there. Now, that's not a critique. At all. I think he's a smart one. And I think there will be things coming up. I don't think you can compare him at all to the guy from Off-White. So I cannot talk about these people in the same way."
After the interview's publication, ASAP Rocky hit Twitter with some words of support for both Simons and Abloh:
Peep the full GQ interview, which also includes Simons' thoughts on the role of art under Trump, right here.