Raf Simons Departs Dior

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Shocker of the day: after three and a half years as Creative Director, Raf Simons is leaving Christian Dior. Now everyone in the industry, myself included, is left pondering the WWW. Why is he leaving? Where will he go? Who will replace him? Well, nothing is quite clear yet. The famed French house has seen a 60% sales increase under his reign, but with six shows a year to design for, it’s certainly possible that he left in hopes of working in a less constrictive time frame; and with his own eponymous label to grow, Raf has just that space.

I was at the last Jil Sander show he presided over. The conclusion of his six-year tenure brought us all stomping onto the runway to a sobbing Raf, yet for this departure, he’s chosen a decidedly more stoic exit: no farewell tears – just a formal announcement. And, really, that’s just as well, because we’ll no doubt be seeing more from him. The W that still remains: Who will take his place? Until we find out, I’ll be reveling in some of my favorite of Raf’s Dior designs…

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Raf Simons Departs Dior

Photo Credit: Vogue Runway

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