As first rumoured back in December of last year, Raf Simons has today been confirmed as the replacement for John Galliano at Dior. His first collection will be the fashion house’s fall 2012 Haute Couture collection.
More after the break.
The New York Times is reporting:
On Wednesday, the Paris fashion house will announce that Raf Simons will take over immediately as artistic director, replacing John Galliano, who was fired from Dior last year after he made anti-Semitic remarks. His first collection is planned for July at the fall haute couture shows.
In an interview Monday, Mr. Simons expressed delight at the appointment. “The first time I heard about the Dior position,” he said, “I thought, ‘This feels right.’”
From December 2011:
Is Raf Simons taking over at Dior?
Despite making more than a blip on Twitter at the moment, the hiring of Raf Simons to head the Dior fashion house remains nothing more than rumour at this stage. It’s a rumour propelled by the likes of WWD amongst others, but a rumour none-the-less.
Putting it in context, the Marc Jacobs at Dior rumour was much reported upon, often trending on Twitter with nothing but disappointment at the end of the tunnel for fans of Jacobs.
What is known is that Jacobs is more than likely out of the picture, and that Dior continues to hotly pursue other design talent. Is that likely to include Raf Simons? Yes. As are Alexander Wang and Jason Wu. Is Raf Simons the designer most likely to head Dior? According to WWD’s sources, that indeed seems to be the case. Are we likely to hear an announcement this side of Christmas? No. Our money is on a post-fall 2012 fashion week season announcement.