Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Christian Dior Unveils Raf Simons As The New Head Designer
Belgian designer Raf Simons is taking over as artistic director at Christian Dior, ending months of speculation over who would replace his disgraced predecessor, John Galliano.The top design post at Dior, the parent company of luxury conglomerate LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA), has been vacant for more than a year after Galliano was fired after a drunken anti-Semitic outburst in Paris.
Simons, who previously worked for fashion house Jil Sander and is known for his understated looks, was long considered an unlikely candidate as Dior conducted exploratory talks with more high-profile rivals ranging from Marc Jacobs, head designer at Louis Vuitton, to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin.
In a statement, the 44-year-old Belgian paid homage to the history of Dior and said he would present his first Haute Couture collection for Dior in July 2012. Simons developed a strong international reputation at Jil Sander, which is majorly owned by the Prada Group, earning credit for a trend toward bright colours that permeated more modestly priced markets.