When Christian Dior finally confirmed Raf Simons would fill the couture abyss that John Galliano abruptly created, the next step was to scrutinize his first collection for the Paris fashion house. The fall 2012 collection, which was shown earlier this week, garnered mixed reviews.
Simons faces a challenge like no other as all eyes are on the direction in which he chooses to steer the Dior brand. After Hedi Slimane made the decision to change Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent Paris, we’re poised to expect the unexpected. The new guys are in the “house” and they’re switching the game up.
Over 50 streamlined looks were shown in Paris in a house that was lined from floor to ceiling with flowers. Perhaps a tribute to Mr. Dior as he loved flowers.
At first glance, the term ‘simple’ comes to mind; but take a few moments to remember the Christian Dior energy, legacy and the brand in general. The use of clean lines, color and a feminine touch were an ode to the Dior past.
Simons is in a position where treading lightly means looking to the past, present and future – all at once. Until now, he’s had no experience in haute couture. He started designing for women in 2005 at Jil Sander and established himself as a menswear designer with the launch of his eponymous label in 1995.
Browse through the collection, tune out the noise, appreciate the intricate details and decide for yourself how you feel about Simons’ Dior debut.
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?
Yesterday was the first day of spring and inspired by the sun’s determination to spread it’s warm rays and bid farewell to a confusing winter, we sought out our resident label-queen Melissa for eyewear suggestions that will stylishly block and welcome the rays.
Our favorite is the Linda Farrow collaboration with The Row that includes the popular rounded frames like the ones on the left. Beyoncé was seen wearing a pair while toting baby Blue Ivy.
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.
It’s been nearly a year since John Galliano’s unfortunate slip of the tongue. The press has been lingering on every note of suspense surrounding who’d take his place; from the hopeful shoe-in Marc Jacobs, to Alexander Wang, to other candidates found to be happy where they sit. But wait we no longer shall…no, Dior looks to have found it’s new lead man.
On December 13, 2011, the lucky Raf Simons began the process of becoming Dior’s newest Creative Director.
But a lot of us are left to wonder about the fresh addition to Dior…he’s kept a relatively low profile at Jil Sanders, making subtle but powerful waves. Here’s a little bit more about the designer:
Place of Birth: Belgium
Previous Position: Creative Director for Jil Sander since 2005
As head of Dior’s fashion empire, Simons will bring in a brand new aesthetic and is said to ‘make fashion more exciting and more intelligent’. While the rumors settle and opinions rise, fellow designer Valentino’s own opinion was: “I’m not sure – it’s an amazing job, I don’t know if he would be the right person for it, John Galliano is difficult to replace. I think it’s important not to jump into things. It needs to be a logical continuation of the brand. But who am I to say anything? I guess we all just have to wait and see.” The process has only just begun, as Simons is still in the contract stages and has yet to confirm his final date with Jil Sanders. But it’s all very exciting, we must admit!