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It feels good to be right ! On Dec 7, CIIN predicted that Dior would not replace the designer… And that’s what happened.
Dior's upcoming Spring and Fall collections will be created by the in-house design team, with the label in no rush to replace Raf Simons.
In October (15), the designer confirmed he was leaving his role at the company for "personal reasons", following a three-and-a-half year tenure. Simons was hired to replace John Galliano following his sacking in 2011, with Bill Gaytten standing in as designer while bosses were looking for his replacement.
Head honchos at the fashion house are once again in no hurry to find a big name to take the reins. Instead they will rely on the in-house design team to create the upcoming Spring 16 couture collection, due to be presented in January (16), and the Autumn/Winter 16 line, which will hit the runway in March (16), a spokesperson confirmed to WWD. Dior's pre-Fall line is due to be shown to editors in January (16) too, and will be viewed via appointment.
This is much the same routine as was put in place when Galliano was fired, with his expulsion coming after he was caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks while drunk at a bar in Paris.
The exact reasons for Simons' departure haven't been spelled out, although it's thought he and Dior bosses couldn't agree on the terms for his contract to be renewed. It is not thought to have been a bitter split however, with the designer insisting he simply wanted more time to work on his namesake label.
"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,” Raf confirmed 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."