We’re a few days late but to merely blurb the latest news without a little digging is not our style. What you’ve heard is true, darlings. Tarred and feathered, John Galliano will not be lending his genius to Dior any longer. He has been replaced by Raf Simons who will assume his position as creative director. You might be wondering aloud “Who is Raf Simons”? He’s a Belgian designer whose background is rooted in menswear. He currently has a line of menswear bearing his name in various shops – Barney’s, Seven and multiple online stores (mrporter.com, parkandbond.com, sense.com and oki-ni.com to name a few) including his own. His latest, most noteworthy stint until now was at Jil Sander. I will never disrespect another artist’s vision but it’s certainly not my aesthetic and they produce those god awful elevator shoes pop star Robyn loves to wear. Ick. We don’t understand. The label was previously owned by Prada and yet there wasn’t one piece of the recent Jil Sander collection I wished to own.
I have to say that as a fan of Galliano and his work with Dior, I’m worried. Everything Simons has done lacks any trace of understanding the luxury of couture design. “Modern”, “basic” or “streamlined” is not what I associate with the house of Christian Dior. Simons makes SNEAKERS and polos. Boxy shirts and skirts for women… lots of solids or paisley… *sigh*. Apparently Simons has an affinity for making unexpected locations his runway but is that enough? Dior was theater – the clothes, music and themes transported you some place else. For me, the jury is out on Raf Simons. There was a lot of talk about Marc Jacobs being a contender and a squabble over the almighty dollar. Whatever he wants, i say you give it to him. What do you think? #SaveDior