10 April 2012

Raf Simons for Dior.

We all remember what happened about 15 months ago, don't we? If you don't, I'll fill you in. John Galliano, former creative director of  Dior, was filmed in a Parisian bar hurling anti-semitic remarks at three people. The designer claimed he had no recollection of his drunken behaviour. He was obviously sent on his way, and has more or less been out of the spotlight ever since.

Rumours of Marc Jacobs taking over Dior have been a flurry since Galliano's departure but are said to have fallen through over money issues. 

It was finally announced yesterday that Raf Simons, who was recently let go from his position of chief designer at Jil Saunder, was to fill the gap at the Paris fashion house. 

Simons for Jil Sander AW11. Pictures: Getty.

Simons' take over will begin immediately, with his first couture show taking place in July. He said, ""The name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honored to become Artistic Director of the most celebrated French house in the world."

And what are we to expect from the designer leading Dior afresh? Simons told The New York Times, "I haven't been in the archives yet but for me the strongest impact is in the first 10 years of Dior, and how to link that to the 21st Century." 
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