|Raf Simons takes his final bow at the Jil Sander fall 2012 show in Milan|
Ending months of speculation, Christian Dior has finally named a new designer: Raf Simons. Simons, who showed his final collection for Jil Sander earlier this year, will show his first collection for Dior in July during Paris Couture Week. His official title is artistic director of haute couture, women's ready-to-wear and accessories collections. Simons takes the Dior reins from John Galliano, who was infamously sacked after a racist and anti-Semitic outburst at a Paris cafe. Since Galliano's firing, designers as divergent as Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, and everyone in between have been rumored to take his place. Simons' appointment feels right, though. His work at Jil Sander was marked with a couture sensibility, and it will be fascinating see what he does with the Dior atelier at his disposal. As WWD reports:
Dior's choice of Simons suggests the house is ready to nudge its fashions in a more modern direction - given his predilection for minimalism and futurism - and turn a page on the retro-tinged glamour Galliano plied over a stellar 15-year tenure.