Raf Simons takes over Dior

After a year of speculations, french house announced Galliano’s successor

Yesterday the fashion world got the answer everybody was waiting for.  Raf Simons is officially the new creative director of Dior succeeding John Galliano. The year between the departure of Galliano and the arrival of Raf, the names of Marc Jacobs and Alber Elbaz were rumored to be Dior’s new director but the minimalist (who put Jil Sander back in track with the enormous color blockings and the new silhouettes he created) took over.

when I’m married to a house, I fully embrace its original intention

Born in 1968, Raf Simons has created his own labels and served as creative director for Jil Sander from 2005 till February 2012. The key elements of his designing identity are modern proportions, in depth research for textures and fabrics, new shapes and constant quest for innovation.

Talking about his new position, he is attracted to the mid century period which included the radical full skirted New Look that Christian Dior himself, pioneered. And although many “worry” that his minimalistic approach towards designing will come in conflict with Dior’s exaggerated theatrical costumes his answers are quite impressive: “when I’m married to a house, I fully embrace its original intention, it’s original heritage and meaning” and “I don’t think it’s wrong to call me a minimalist, it’s wrong to call me just a minimalist”.

Simon’s first Dior Couture collection is debuting in July. Till then we wait!

Christianna Belba