BREAKING: Raf Simons Is leaving Dior!
Raf Simons at Christian Diors’ Spring 2016 RTW show.
After 3 1/2 years as creative director of women‘s haute couture at Dior, LVMH announced that Raf Simmons will exit the French fashion house.
Dior and the 47-year-old designer “reach this decision for personal reasons” and the spring 2016 collection he presented October 2 was his last for the iconic brand, according to WWD. A search for Simons‘s successor is underway.
“They describe the separation as amicable on both sides after the designer and the company failed to reach agreement on a new employment contract,” reports WWD.
Simons joined Dior in early 2012, replacing John Galliano after he was dismissed from the house in October of 2011. Galliano is now creative director of Maison Margiela.
“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,” Simons, said 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.”
Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior SA, and Toledano, ceo of Christian Dior Couture, said they “acknowledge Raf Simons’ decision and very warmly thank him for his exceptional contribution to the house.”
Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy’s couturier since 2004, is likely to lead the list of possible candidates to become Raf Simons‘s successor at Dior. Jonathan Anderson, the director of LVMH’s Loewe since 2014 and a designer, could also be considered Raf Simon‘s successor.
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