The designer, Raf Simmons is exiting Dior after a three and a half year stint with the LVMH owned brand. Prior to his hire, John Galliano was at the reigns of the French house from ’95 to 2011. This news has no doubt rocked the fashion world—his modern take on the brand has been heralded by press and buyers alike and there was no indication of him being ousted by management. The change seems to be based on Simmons desire to pursue other interests. Mr. Simmons statement is below:
“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” said Simons in a statement. “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.”
The industry is buzzing with predictions about who will replace Simmons but based on some recent luxury house appointments, it may not be a well-known name.Gucci’s appointment of Alessandro Michelle, who was part of the design team of the exiting designer, exemplifies a new era in appointments. Luxury houses are powerful in themselves and don’t need bolstering from famous names in the industry. However, names like Riccardo Tisci ( from Givenchy) and Phoebe Philo ( from Celine) have been bandied about as possible contenders for the creative director of Dior. The outcome will be revealed in the coming months.