Raf Simons To Design Dior?
The rumor mill churns again. With Marc Jacobs thought to be out of the running for the creative director position at Dior, some industry insiders are now speculating that Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons is Bernard Arnault’s latest target to take over the historic label.
Simons began his career as a menswear designer, founding his namesake men’s label in 1995, and adding women’s to his repertoire when he took over Jil Sander, for which he designs both men’s and womenswear, in 2005.
At Jil Sander, he’s tempered the minimalism of Sander’s own aesthetic with occasional blasts of color (as with his much-photographed neon collection for Spring 2011) and exaggerated shape (like the Fall 2009 collection, inspired in part by French ceramist Pol Chambost). Recent collections have found him experimenting with couture shapes (Fall 2011) and Dior’s own era, the fifties (Spring 2012).
WWD reports that the appointment is not confirmed and that several details, first among them timing, would need to be worked out. No mention has been made of Simons’ namesake menswear line, though Dior’s current menswear designer, Kris Van Assche, does maintain a separate label under his own name in addition to the one he creates for the house.