After just three years as Artistic Director of Womenswear, Raf Simons is parting ways with Dior. The fashion house announced that the Spring 2016 collection he presented at Paris Fashion Week will be his last and that Simons “reached this decision for personal reasons.” They have yet to name a successor.
Raf Simons released a statement on his departure: “It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection. It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.”
Simons took the helm in April 2012 after John Galliano was unceremoniously let go following anti-Semitic outbursts. Under Simons’ leadership, Dior’s aesthetic became progressively modern and minimalist. Rumors cite a lack of creative freedom and work/life balance as the causes of Raf’s exit.
Enjoy Simons’ final collection for Dior below: