Christian Dior autumn winter fashion show

Christian Dior autumn winter fashion show

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Raf Simons takes his final bow at Jil Sander

Raf Simons takes his final bow at Jil Sander

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Fashion’s biggest mystery, which has been intriguing the fash pack for the best part of a year, has finally been solved with the announcement that Raf Simons is to take over the reins at Christian Dior.

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The designer, who will showcase his talents in his first ever haute couture show in July, will head up the Parisian house’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories lines in his capacity as artistic director. Yesterday he said: “It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior. Mr Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier. Around the globe, the name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honoured.”

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Simons will take over from Bill Gaytten, who has been holding down the fort since Galliano’s departure in March 2011.

In February it was revealed that the designer was stepping down from his role at Jil Sander to make way for the return of Sander herself to her eponymous fashion label. This latest announcement coupled with the news that Hedi Slimane is taking over from Stefano Pilati at Yves Saint Laurent signals a fresh new era in French fashion.