The New Dior?
Raf Simons Reportedly Replacing Galliano
If rumors are true, designer Raf Simons is going to be Dior’s new couturier. The Belgium designer known for his clean, elegant and sophisticated lines, is currently the creative director of Jil Sander fashion house.
But is he good enough to replace John Galliano at Dior? Final answers are soon to come…
One might be surprised to know Raf Simons actually does not have any formal training in fashion. He studied industrial design, but then decided that fashion design was more interesting. After a few years of studying on his own, he became a menswear designer in 1995. While working with designer Walter Van Beirendonck in Paris, Simons became familiar with Jean Paul Gaultier’s and Martin Margiela’s designs and knew that he wants to be a part of the high-fashion industry.
Raf Simons’ name became familiar, thanks to his men runway shows. Instead of conventional locations, his runways were presented while the models were running down the street, on bridges and around his studio.
In 2005 Jil Sander fashion house announced Raf Simons as their new creative director. At that time, the name Simons was practically unknown outside the men’s departments. This radical move drew lots of attention to this new player in the high fashion industry.
By 2007, Simons had done his third collection for Jil Sander. This collection has been noted by fashion journalists as a perfect blend of ready-to-wear, comparable to the likes of top designers like Karl Lagerfeld.
Through the years, Raf Simons’ designs got many compliments for being suitable for high powered career women. Thanks to Simons, Jil Sander has become synonymous with high class pantsuits and clothes that a career woman can wear without feeling she has lost her femininity.
In addition to his work in Jil Sander, Raf Simons continues to create menswear under his own label – “Raf Simons”. In 2006 he launched a more accessible and young menswear line, under the brand name “Raf by Raf Simons”.
After almost seven years at the Jil Sander fashion house, Raf Simons received an offer he could not refuse. John Galliano’s scandal left the couturier position in the famous French fashion house free. While reports said that Marc Jacobs received the offer first, and subsequently turned it down, fashion publications are fairly adamant that Simons will take the job.
The Christian Dior brand is facing a new era, hopefully with Simons in the spotlight. The showoff runways and extravagant taste of Galliano will step aside, and leave room for clean, sophisticated, and very smart lines.