Doo-Ri Chung is leaving the eponymous label she founded in 2001. There isn’t a detailed explanation at the moment, but after over a decade of growing a brand under your name, it must be hard to part ways.
Known for her intricate draping, dressing Michelle Obama for the state dinner honoring South Korea and designing a capsule collection for Macy’s Impulse line, Chung isn’t the first designer to leave a successful namesake label and she certainly won’t be the last.
Simon Spurr announced he was leaving his label in March, days after receiving a CFDA nomination for Menswear Designer of the Year. Jil Sander left her label in 2004 only to return this year after the departure of creative director Raf Simons. Simons now holds the title of creative director of Christian Dior and to the contrary, his eponymous menswear line still bears his name as well as his presence.
Still with us? We’ll keep you posted as more details surface.
Cathy Horyn of The New York Times reports the role of artistic director at the Parisian fashion house of Dior will go to Raf Simons. According to the article, the announcement will be made on Wednesday and Simons’ first collection for Dior is set to debut at the fall fashion shows in July.
Since John Galliano was made to part ways with the brand last year for his anti-Semitic remarks, the names of almost every designer has been tossed into the hat to pick up the pieces at Dior.
Marc Jacobs was courted, Alber Elbaz of Lanvin was wooed and Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy was a fleeting suggestion along with others. The irony is in the fact that the list of could-be Dior designers was supposedly considered not only by the company; but by the public who has speculated from the beginning on whom would replace Galliano.
Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH (Dior falls under the LVMH umbrella), has carefully been considering the options with the future of the brand in mind.
Simons was still employed as designer for Jil Sander when talks of leaving for Dior was initiated. According to reports, he was fired shortly after his last show for Sander and it was announced almost immediately after that Jil Sander herself would return to her eponymous brand.
He will face the obvious challenge of adding a personal touch to upcoming collections while preserving the heritage of an established brand. He will also face unique challenges as he transitions from Jil Sander to Dior and from being known as a menswear designer (he still runs his own menswear line) to a designer of women’s haute couture.
Until fashion week debuts the first Raf Simons collection for Dior, what are your thoughts?
Source: Dior Selects Raf Simons to Replace John Galliano
Jil Sander, the company, has confirmed to WWD that Jil Sander herself will return to the label upon Raf Simons’ departure. Speaking of the label she founded 44 years ago,
“I am very happy and excited to be back,” she told WWD. “It feels like coming home after a brief journey.”
Raf Simons is leaving Jil Sander after almost seven years as Creative Director. Clearly, reporting on fashion week entails more than just runway commentary as the latest announcement took place off the runway.
The news comes just two days before the Jil Sander show is scheduled to take place during Milan Fashion Week. History is in the making as this will be the final collection presented by Simons for the label.
Rumor has it he may be filling the coveted spot at Christian Dior. Also making its way through the rumor mill-Simons may replace Stefano Pilati at YSL (this departure has not been confirmed).
So who will replace Simons? He is officially stepping down Monday, Feb 27th at which point he may be announcing his successor.
While we’re at it, we’ll just through one more itsy-bitsy rumor into the mill. Will Jil Sander herself return to the label that bears her name?
We’ll keep you posted. The Jil Sander show is set for Saturday Feb. 25.