Raf Simons leaving Dior

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Raf Simons is stepping down as creative director of Christian Dior, after three and a half years. The Spring 2016 collection he showed on October 2 at Paris Fashion Week will be his last.

“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.”

Simons joined Dior in early 2012, presenting his first couture collection for the storied Paris house in July of that year. Azzedine Alaïa, Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Alber Elbaz, Riccardo Tisci, and Diane von Furstenberg gathered to see Simons’s debut in a 16th Arrondissement hôtel particulier, the salons of which were covered in more than a million fresh flowers, among them orchids, delphinium, and mimosa. Outside the venue, camera crews circled. It was a critical moment for the LVMH-owned brand, and front-page news in France. The Belgian designer, who had spent the previous seven years at Jil Sander while simultaneously running his own menswear label out of Antwerp, stepped in at Dior more than a year after John Galliano was dismissed from the house in the wake of Galliano’s anti-Semitic remarks. Simons became the sixth designer to officially hold the reins after Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, and Galliano.

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Simons’s abrupt departure will undoubtedly spark renewed talks about the difficulties of overseeing a brand of Dior’s size and the almost inhuman demands of the current fashion cycle. Simons was responsible for six Dior collections a year; his Spring 2016 show was his last. As showcased in images from Dior’s runways (see the slideshow above), and in the photographs of his work in Vogue, their impact won’t soon fade.

Bon Voyage Raf,

Love, MM

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