Raf Simons & Dior
There has been much talk surrounding the head designer position at Dior regarding John Galliano’s replacement
Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and many other talented designers have had their name in the hat for the potential to work with the influential line that delivers both Ready-to-wear and Couture. It is the very large workload that turned Galliano into a raving antisemitic drunkard that is helping weed out the dud designers from the winning Dior candidate.
John Galliano’s protege, Bill Gayten, has taken over the house for now but the powerful LVMH fashion conglomerate does not think he is ready for the pressures that the career will deliver. The tough part is, while Bill Gayten has taken the reigns on the (what once was) Galliano empire, Dior is suffering. Media has been doing nothing but bashing the replacement and fashion folk have not been overly impressed with the collections he has produced to date. Not that anyone was expecting all that much from the house because of the sudden catastrophe that occurred in April.
Raf Simons is up for the position now and many people think he has exactly what the house needs, a much more refined and minimalist sense. The over-the-top shows were not performing as well as many other brands in years past, but they certainly drew the attention of the media and fashion related people. Such unabashed creativity comes at a cost and one that is unsustainable. Simons seems to have a great head on his shoulders and after 5 years at Jil Sander he definitely has proven himself.
Jil Sander put up many challenges for Raf such as building a brand that wasn’t his own, being a very strong minimalist designer and grow the companies reach. Simons managed to do all of these things with precision, not unlike his minimalist tailoring. He also produced some of the best numbers the fashion house has ever seen so there is definitely love for Simons from Jil Sander as well as the Jil Sander clients but Dior would be a monumental step forward for any designer.
As of now no papers have been signed but the fashion community is buzzing with the potentially exciting news. Most fans of Dior are worried that because of his background producing such minimalist creations, that he will have a hard time picking up where Galliano left off. But the majority of fashion lovers in the know are already celebrating his arrival and are have stated outright that his transition to Dior will be met with open arms, supportive guidance, and trust that he is the right man for the job.
The award winning Raf Simons must surely be excited to add couturier to his curriculum vitae.