Do you feel like Dior is about to announce Simons’ successor any time soon? Think again! After abruptly departing from the helm of Dior’s creative direction, in order to “focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work,” Raf Simons left us all both brokenhearted, perplexed and with one big question which, apparently, is going to remain unanswered up until next year: who’s going to be Simons’ successor? The luxury fashion house has just announced that Dior Studio, the in-house design team will design the next two Dior runway collections.
In this mysterious case, only two things appear to be clear: Dior is not expected to announce a new creative director any time soon, and that it is going to be the existing in-house Dior Studio to design the upcoming Dior RTW lines. The collections will show as usual in January and March respectively, meaning that the label is taking its time in naming a successor for the man who, thanks to his innovative creations, made Dior’s latest collections some of the Fashion Weeks’ most highly anticipated shows.
We shouldn’t, however, be surprised at Dior’s decision to wait and not to rush things until the right candidate is found. When John Galliano was fired from Dior’s creative direction after making anti-Semitic comments in 2011, Dior did put an existing staff member in charge in the interim, but did not name an official successor for over a year, only announcing Simons’ appointment later in April 2012.
Dior’s new creative director is definitely going to have big shoes to fill in, and many are already speculating about who’s going to satisfy Dior’s strict requirements. Given the fact that Dior is owned by the LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, the famed label’s fans are divided into two different groups: on one side we have those who firmly believe Dior’s new creative director is to be looked for inside the LVMH group, and on the other side are those who think Dior should make a drastic change and look outside the umbrella of LVMH.
Some of the most possible candidates for the house are those of Lanvin’s former creative director Alber Elbaz, Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière and even Marc Jacobs, whose eponymous line is owned by the LVMH group, too.
Will Dior look inside the LVMH group, or outside of it to finally find a substitute for Raf Simons? Will the French fashion house have any problem carrying over the success it had with Raf Simons? We’ll see; because at this point, only time will tell.
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