94 posts tagged "Raf Simons"
On Monday, the fashion world got the answer it had been waiting for—the long-vacant spot at Dior had been filled by Raf Simons. Since then, the question has been surrounding Simons’ strength as a minimalist and how that would fit in at a couture house like Dior. “I don’t think it’s wrong to call me a minimalist. It’s wrong to call me a minimalist only,” the designer tells WWD.
Though he wouldn’t reveal any details about what he has in mind for the future of Dior, he said he’s always been attracted to the midcentury period (Dior’s heyday), which included the “then-radical full-skirted New Look that Dior pioneered.” He also mentioned his admiration for the house’s founder and spoke to a mutual “penchant for plant life and the outdoors.”
“When I’m married to a house, I will fully embrace its original intention, its original heritage and meaning,” says the designer. “I’m interested in creativity, the evolution of creativity and the relationship between creativity and the times we live in.” Simons arrives in Paris today to begin work on his first Dior Couture collection, debuting in July. Until then, we wait.
According to the New York Times, the long-vacant (well, semi-vacant) head job at Dior has been filled: by former Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons. (“Semi-vacant” because since the departure of John Galliano last March, Dior’s collections have been designed by his longtime studio head, Bill Gaytten, who also designs Galliano’s namesake collection; Gaytten’s future at Dior is not known.) Simons had been mentioned many times over the past months as a leading candidate for the job, but until recently was ensconced at Jil Sander. His dramatic departure from the house, announced three days before his triumphant final collection, may have paved the way to the new role. “The first time I heard about the Dior position,” Simons told the Times‘ Cathy Horyn, “I thought, ‘This feels right.’ ” Many will no doubt agree—including, perhaps, Galliano himself. According to Horyn’s sources, the former Dior designer expressed admiration for Simons’ Fall ’12 Jil Sander show.
The equestrian parade continues. The day after Givenchy’s horsey Fall collection, Gucci has announced that Monégasque princess Charlotte Casiraghi (above, at the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge earlier this year) will be the face of its forthcoming equestrian-themed Forever Now campaign by photographer Peter Lindbergh. [Vogue U.K.]
In a candid moment, Stella McCartney acknowledged that she still finds the fashion industry “intimidating.” “I don’t go into shops much now, but I used to find it really daunting,” the designer said. McCartney has a shop of her own opening later this week: a second London outpost. [Vogue U.K.]
The cogitating around Raf Simons’ departure continues. In a new piece, the Times‘ Cathy Horyn considers the diminishing role of designers. “[You] sense that designers, their talents apart, are being used in a dreary chess game of brand power,” she writes. [NYT]
Speaking of designer change-ups, Maxime Simoens is reportedly leaving his position at Leonard. While the French designer retains his own namesake label, he is rumored to be in contact with Dior executives. [WWD]
The curtain came down today on Raf Simons’ term at Jil Sander and next week, the brand’s namesake founder will once again be at the helm. Now rumors have surfaced that Hedi Slimane, the designer who came on the scene at Yves Saint Laurent in the nineties, might be back heading back to the French label.
Outlets in the U.S. and France, including WWD, Le Figaro, and the Agence France-Presse are reporting that sources close to the matter have said that Slimane will be named the new creative director of the house. Yves Saint Laurent’s parent company, PPR, has not commented, though current creative director Stefano Pilati’s contract is up next month and there has long been speculation over whether or not it will be extended. Slimane has been focused on photography since leaving Dior Homme in 2007. He has never helmed a women’s collection before but while at Dior, he made custom versions of his men’s suits for female clients.