Christian Dior is SO ready for a new designer and a breath of fresh air. The previously over the top theatrics of designer John Galliano were appreciated by many but the balance of art and salable fashion was not meshing well. My observation aside the famed designer would probably still be there if it wasn’t for his career ending idiotic anitsemetic rant back in April.
As the talented Galliano moved out, there was a gaping void that needed to be filled. A role that meant designing for a Ready-to-wear collection, a Couture collection, and all the accessories and ad campaigns that go along with the billion dollar business that is the House of Dior. The paycheck for heading up designing for the house is hefty, around 15 million I read and for good reason, it is a return on investment situation. For every dollar spent on the head designer sixty-seven are returned to the house.
Sounds like a good investment to me.
That being said, you can’t just put anyone in that position and expect the same returns. Being exceptionally spektical about who takes the Christian Dior throne has lead to the potential of hiring, but ultimate turn down of industry leaders such as Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu. Ultimately Dior is looking for someone who can mould Dior into a cleaner vision and ultimately more profitable.
Jil Sander is a fashion house that is strongly influenced by minimalism, and clean lines. The current head designer is Raf Simons who has taken the line from being a small brand with great vision, to a mega brand that is taking the industry by storm. Ultimately when a brand is doing well the designer gets noticed and Raf Simons has certainly been getting some high praise and well earned media attention. Simons has been put forth for the position of Head Designer at Christian Dior.
The experience with designing minimalist style clothing that Raf Simons has honed over the years will either be a detriment to the fanciful stlyes of Dior, or it will allow for a completely gorgeous mix of fine smooth tailoring, and mind blowingly ornate creations that could only be described as fabulous.
Though Raf Simons has not been signed on just yet to the covetted role, it is believed that Christian Dior is closing the gap and finishing up the final detailes on his contract.
Though he would not have been my choice to replace Galliano I can understand their decision to want to have Raf. His style will clean up the line and streamline what Dior represents. I personally thought that Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy would have gotten it but I guess since his work with Givenchy has been so popular, why change a good thing?
How do you think Raf Simons’ experience will translate during his time with Dior? Will the line flop? Is Dior making the right decision? Let me know what you think.