Shockwaves are currently rippling through the fashion industry this morning as the world wakes up to the surprising news that Raf Simons, the man that revolutionised the face of Dior following the expulsion of John Galliano in 2011, has stepped down from his position as creative director - ending their three-and-a-half-year collaboration.
Famed for breathing new life into the Parisian label, leading it in an entirely new and modern direction, the 47-year-old designer is said to have reached this decision for “personal reasons” and that the Spring Summer 2016 collection which he presented under the flower-festooned hillock in a courtyard of the Louvre in October this year was indeed his last.
While the rumour mill goes into overdrive about who will be named as his successor, both Dior and Raf Simons have described their separation as amicable on both sides after the designer and the company failed to reach an agreement on a new employment contract.
“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 explained 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.”
This is the second surprise designer exit at Dior in recent years, and it has been indicated that we might not know Raf’s next move for some time as he may be restrained from joining another fashion house immediately due to a non-compete clause in his initial contract.
On the plus side, the possibility of Raf launching his own label does soften the blow slightly. So while the future awaits to be unfolded, let’s look back at some of our favorite Dior red carpet fashion moments under the leadership that was Raf Simons.
Jennifer Lawrence, February 2013. 85th Annual Academy Award Oscars
Diane Kruger, May 2012. 65th Cannes Film Festival
Lupita Nyong’o, February 2014. EE British Academy Film Awards
Emma Watson, December 2014. British Fashion Awards
Emma Stone, January 2015. 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards
Felicity Jones, January 2015, 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards
Marion Cotillard, February 2015. 87th Academy Awards, Oscars
Carey Mulligan, April 2015, ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ Premier in London
Charlize Theron, May 2015. 68th Cannes Film Festival.
Natalie Portman. May 2015, 68th Cannes Film Festival: