Great idea for a thread!
A few Raf-related things I might be able to clear up..
Because something is featured in a magazine editorial it does NOT mean it has been put into production and will hit the shops, because magazines shoot the sample collection (basically the same clothes that appear on the runway) and they never bother to check if the things they feature will be available to buy, partly because they always shoot 6 months in advance of when product arrives in shops. It's a big flaw in the 'fashion system' actually.
This season and last season a lot of the collection did not go into production because Raf split with his production & distribution partner last January. It has been a difficult time for them, as evidenced by the small selection of Raf stock shops have had over the last year, but everything should be back on track next season.
Close-up pictures of the SS12 collection that I took in the show room are on my blog here (scroll down). I'll be posting pics of the FW12 collection after I've been to the show room later this month. Also, I think I have more SS12 pics I could dig out if anyone's interested.
Someone mentioned the Black Palms x Coca-Cola thing being Raf's "downfall" - I wouldn't look at it too seriously. He's obsessed with Diet Coke (he wrote a brief essay about it in a recent Numero Homme) so I'm sure it was done lightheartedly, not as some devious commercial ploy. Also, those who rush to criticize things like the Fred Perry collab forget that designers do have bills to pay, and having your own men's line just isn't that lucrative, unless it's like Hugo Boss (gag).
PS. LN-CC paid me nothing for copy-pasting my blog post and they got my name wrong too
PPS. Regarding Raf staying at Jil Sander / moving to Dior etc. etc. expect news SOON !