It has just been announced that Raf Simons is leaving Christian Dior.
Sidney Toledano, the chief executive officer of Dior made the announcement that after 3 and a half years, Simons has made the decision not to renew his contract. This news is surprising to many. Simons took over as Creative Director in April 2012, and since Dior has been incredibly successful under his creative guidance.
“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as Creative Director of Christian Dior Couture Women’s collection. 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 of my work.”
“Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to be allowed to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank M. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experience of my professional career.” Raf SimonsWho will succeed Simon’s at Dior? Maybe Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci? Or Phoebe Philo of Céline? More details to follow.
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