dior will not replace raf simons for the next two seasons
The couture and fall/winter 16 collections will be designed by the in-house team while the French maison takes its time to find the right creative director.
Dior has announced that rather than rushing to replace Raf Simons, the maison's in-house design team will create the spring/summer 16 haute couture and fall/winter 16 pret-a-porter collections, giving the house time to select the perfect successor.
According to WWD, Dior is "taking its time in its search for a successor to Simons, confident the house can continue its expansion drive in the interim without a star designer." The French fashion house also took this tack after the departure of John Galliano, thrusting the dismissed designer's right-hand man Bill Gaytten into the spotlight, with mixed results.
As for Raf, he will present his hotly-anticipated fall/winter 16 menswear offering in Paris in January, his first collection since leaving Dior last month.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Jason Lloyd Evans