RAF SIMONS LEAVES DIOR
After three and a half years, Raf Simons is exiting Christian Dior due to personal reasons. Simons, who steered the brand in a more modern direction, ended his fruitful tenure to focus on his signature line and pursue other interests.
As Dior searches for a successor, looking ahead is pivotal, says Antonia, who has carried the brand for various seasons . “Simons did a great job at Dior but the house now has the opportunity to look further ahead, pushing in a more modernist direction and embracing a more contemporary and fun idea of luxury,” says Antonia. “Designers today have to nod at the past, live in the present and look to the future, all at a very fast pace because nothing is eternal.”
Simons’ last Dior collection was for Spring 2016. His predecessor was John Galliano who was fired in 2011 following anti-Semitic outbursts.