Fashion Shakeups: Its official! Raf Simons to replace John Galliano at Dior
The Parisian fashion house, Dior, officially announced on Monday that Raf Simons will replace John Galliano as artistic director for the legendary brand.
British designer, John Galliano, was fired last March after disgracing Dior with anti-Semitic remarks in a Parisian Café, leaving the coveted position up for grabs. The search for a new artistic director was headed by president and CEO of Christian Dior, Sidney Toledano, raising various speculations of which designer would be brought on.
Dior finally elected Belgian-born fashion star, Raf Simons to take over the job and propel its iconic style into the 21st century, with his first collection due to debut in July at the fall haute couture show in Paris.
In an interview after the announcement, Simons expressed his delight and stated that “The first time I heard about the Dior position, I thought, this feels right.”
Throughout the summer it was Marc Jacobs who was rumored to make the switch from Louis Vuitton to Dior and after that it was Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz who lead the rumor mill for the job.
But in the end it was the 44-year-old frontman for Jil Sander, who rose up to the challenge. Simons is one of the six couturiers to head the label.
The Belgian’s modernist vision and innovative techniques will surely bring a cool air of freshness to the historic brand.