Belgian designer Raf Simons is taking over as artistic director at Dior, the Paris fashion house has announced, ending months of speculation over who would replace disgraced predecessor John Galliano. Simons, who previously worked for fashion house Jil Sander and is known for his understated looks, was long considered an unlikely candidate as Dior conducted exploratory talks with more high-profile rivals ranging from Marc Jacobs, head designer at Louis Vuitton, to Alber Elbaz of Lanvin.
The top design post at Christian Dior – part of the luxury conglomerate LVMH - has been vacant for more than a year after Galliano was fired for a drunkard anti-Semitic outburst in Paris in March 2011. In September 2011 Galliano was convicted of anti-Semitic behavior by a French court, he was handed a suspended sentance and fined $US8,400. Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive and president, said at the time of the conviction: “The fact that the name of Dior has been linked through its designer, as brilliant as he may be, to intolerable words, is very painful for us.” Read the full article »»»»