Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo reimagine their favourite i-D cover

The Belgian duo revisit the cover story for the Raf Simons guest-edited issue, which they shot together almost 20 years ago.

by Felix Petty
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21 October 2020, 11:00am

Willy Vanderperre and Olivier Rizzo’s story originally appeared in i-D's 40th Anniversary Issue, no. 361, Winter 2020. Order your copy here.

Raf Simons, Willy Vanderperre, Olivier Rizzo; three Belgian school friends who revolutionised fashion design and image-making in the 00s.

They took the post-fashion attitudes of Margiela and militant minimalisms of Helmut Lang and refracted it through an idealised vision of outsider 80s post-punk iconography, refigured and seen as through the fringes of Flemish culture.

All three found a natural home at i-D magazine as they were starting out. In 2001 they worked on a story, titled Forever I Am A Part Of You And Me, for the Raf Simons guest edited issue. It’s a story that stands as an iconoclastic marker of a new era in fashion.

And as Raf Simons launches his Redux collection – a look back through his own impressive archives, relaunching 100 grails from his past collections, which goes on sale this December – Willy and Olivier have revisited that original editorial, paying homage to their history, our birthday, and our shared journey over the last 20 years.

Ilona wears all clothing Raf Simons archive SS 1997. Daan wears all clothing Raf Simons archive SS 1996.
Ilona wears all clothing Raf Simons archive SS 1997. Daan wears all clothing Raf Simons archive SS 1996.

Willy Vanderperre

What was i-D like when you started shooting for the magazine? How has it changed? 
I think everything changes as we live in an ever-changing world, but the fact that the i-D wink hasn't changed since the launch of the magazine is just brilliant.

Do you have a favourite i-D memory?
My first visit at the office, meeting Terry and Tricia, seeing the love and respect between the two of them, the passion for the magazine.

And a favourite story? 
The one we revised for this issue.

What was it like revisiting it? 
Fun and exciting. To revisit that story and rework it for the now, it was challenging and fun.

Your collaboration with Olivier Rizzo and Raf Simons is one of fashion's most enduring: what makes a good collaboration? 
Dialogue, respect, fun and challenging each other.

Describe Olivier in four words… 
Olivier is my everything.

i-D is 40 years old! Do you have a birthday message for us? 
Happy Birthday i-D! On to the next 40 years!

Hooded sweatshirt Raf Simons archive SS 2002. Shirt and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997.
Hooded sweatshirt Raf Simons archive SS 2002. Shirt and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997.

Olivier Rizzo

What was i-D like when you started shooting for the magazine? How has it changed?
Aspirational and inspirational, i-D hasn't really changed that much, it kept the iconic wink and logo on the cover, which I love.

Do you have a favourite story you worked on for i-D? 
The i-D February 2001 cover story for The Heroes Issue, titled Forever I Am A Part Of You And Me.

What was it like revisiting this cover for this issue? 
Funny and very special at the same time.

Do you have a favourite i-D memory? 
All the chats and coffees with Tricia and Terry.

Your collaboration with Willy Vanderperre and Raf Simons is one of fashion's most enduring: what makes a good collaboration? 
True respect, openness, understanding, devotion and non-stop investing of good will and belief.

Describe Willy in four words… 
Love, love, love, love.

i-D is 40 years old! Do you have a birthday message for us? 
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear i-D magazine!
Happy Birthday to you!

willy vanderperre olivier rizzo for i-D
Jacket Raf Simons archive SS 1998. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-dress stylist’s archive.
Jacket Raf Simons archive SS 1998. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-dress stylist’s archive.
Jacket, shirt, and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive.
Jacket, shirt, and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive.
Ilona wears T-shirt Raf Simons Archive AW 1996. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Daan wears jacket Raf Simons Archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive.
Ilona wears T-shirt Raf Simons Archive AW 1996. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Daan wears jacket Raf Simons Archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive.
Ilona wears jacket Raf Simons AW 1997. T-shirt Raf Simons archive AW 1996. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Boots 1980s Belgian Army stylist’s archive. Daan wears jacket, shirt and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Boots 1980s Belgian Army stylist’s archive.
Ilona wears jacket Raf Simons AW 1997. T-shirt Raf Simons archive AW 1996. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Boots 1980s Belgian Army stylist’s archive. Daan wears jacket, shirt and tie Raf Simons archive AW 1997. ‘My Own Private Idaho’ poster-leggings stylist’s archive. Boots 1980s Belgian Army stylist’s archive.
i-d cover by willy vanderperre and olivier rizzo

Credits


Photography Willy Vanderperre
Styling Olivier Rizzo

Hair Anthony Turner at Streeters.
Make-up Lynsey Alexander at Streeters.
Nail technician Lynn Meyer.
Lighting technician Romain Dubus.
Digital operator Olivier Looren.
Lighting assistant Samir Dari.
Styling assistance Niccolo Torelli.
Hair assistance Claire Grech.
Make-up assistance Phoebe Brown.
Producer to Willy Vanderperre Lieze Rubbrecht.
Production Mindbox.
Producer Isabelle Verreyke.
Project manager Lise Luyckx.
Production assistance Roel Van Tittelboom.

Thanks to Elisa Allenbach at TripleLutz Paris.

Models Daan Duez at Rebel Management. Ilona Desmet at Girl Management.

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