Raf Simons Is Leaving Dior

Who will succeed him at Dior?

«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.» Raf Simons says.

Raf Simons 2
Raf Simons, former creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection.

Who will succeed him at Dior? Lots of names will surface. One is Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci. His show in New York in September, attended by top LVMH executives, seemed a platform for a major career move. But is his dark, religion-infused aesthetic right for pretty Dior? And can Toledano strike a rapport with Tisci, as he did so easily with Simons?

Riccardo Tisci y Phoebe Philo
Riccardo Tisci y Phoebe Philo

Another possibility is Phoebe Philo of Céline. Her women-friendly clothes cause a buzz, and she’s a master of accessories, but while it would be fascinating to see a woman at Dior, the London-based Philo may resist the idea of spending more time in Paris — and being responsible for many more shows than she now is at Céline, WWD reports.

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