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Dior announce two more seasons without Simons’ replacement

December 10, 2015

Fashion | by Lewis Firth

Raf Simons resigned from Dior in late October. “[I want to] focus on other interests in my life,” he explained in a statement from Dior’s CEO, Sidney Toledano, “including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work.” Speculation has been rife of who will be succeeding the Belgian innovator but, until today, Dior has been tight-lipped on who that person would be.

Today, Dior announced that replacing Simons would be a considered decision, one that will take time and won’t be announced until late spring, at least. “But who will be designing Dior’s collections?” you ask; Dior’s in-house design team, that’s who. (They’re more than capable.)

Courtesy of François Mori
Courtesy of François Mori

Simons was drafted by LVMH’s CEO, Bernard Arnault, replacing John Galliano after his dramatic exit in 2011. Dior has benefitted immensely from Simons’ modernistic aesthetic, experiencing 60% and 18% increases in brand sales and Couture revenues, respectively.

Patience is a feeling the industry is not familiar with: power-moves are planned; replacements are announced within days, or weeks; Fashion Week reports are posted almost instantaneously—Dior’s new creative director, however, is something we’ll all have to wait for. But chill: it’s a good thing.

Words Lewis Firth