In a surprising bit of news, Raf Simons has stepped down as the creative director for Christian Dior.
As reported by WWD, the spring-summer 2016 collection he presented under a flower-festooned hillock in a courtyard of the Louvre on Oct. 2 was his last.
Simons leaves with a statement acknowledging the privilege to work for the brand: “It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” Simons, 47, said in a statement. “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 my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. 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 experiences of my professional career.”
No further comments were given from the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton camp.
If you’re looking for extra tea, there probably isn’t any, as it’s said that Simons and Dior failed to reach an agreement on his contract that was up for renewal. We’re also thinking he may want to refocus on his own brand after giving the famed fashion house three years of amazing work– a move made by Alexander Wang in July.
Names up for consideration to replace Simons are Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Loewes’ Jonathan Anderson or Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz. Our vote is for Kanye West, because we’d rather have him lead this fashion house than be the president.
On the next pages see some of Raf Simons’ best work with Dior during his tenure.