Raf Simons has come a long way. I still find it hard to believe at times that he’s gone from being a relatively unknown menswear designer to the Creative Director at Christian Dior. While Mr. Simons routinely makes fashion headlines through his work he has stayed out of the spotlight for the most part. In this video interview on the Dior youtube channel Raf speaks on creating his first Haute Couture womenswear collection.
The long-standing rumors have been confirmed. Raf Simons is in at Dior. I have mixed feelings about this appointment but I will reserve judgement until his first haute couture collection is shown in July. Long live Raf Simons.
Below passage via the New York Times
Dior Selects Raf Simons to Replace John Galliano
by Cathy Horyn
On Wednesday, the Paris fashion house will announce that Raf Simons will take over immediately as artistic director, replacing John Galliano, who was fired from Dior last year following anti-Semitic remarks. His first collection is planned for July at the fall haute couture shows.
The choice of Mr. Simons follows more than a year of discussions and apparent soul searching by Dior and its boss, Bernard Arnault, who is chairman of LVMH, about the ideal person to give creative direction to the 66-year-old luxury brand.
In an interview Monday, Mr. Simons expressed delight at the appointment. “The first time I heard about the Dior position,” he said, “I thought, ‘This feels right.’ ”
Read the entire article in the NYT.
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