Raf Simons is stepping down as the creative director of Dior after three and a half years. Dior announced the news after the close of trading on the Paris Bourse, and said Simons came to the decision “for personal reasons.”
In a statement reported by the WWD Simons said, “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,” he said. “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.”
The news comes unexpected.In the short period he served as creative Director of Dior Simons managed to take Dior to new levels in a bold, brilliant and new direction. It is speculated that the time constraints and pressure resulting from the demand to create six collections each year played a role.
Besides his role as Creative Director at Dior, Simons also manages his own label. He used to explore collaborations with Sterling Ruby and Adidas. He seemed to thrive amid all these responsibilities and never failed to be exquisite in every collection.
Whatever his reasons, Simons will be leaving Dior widely adored and at the height of his career. He was even the subject of the popular documentary Dior and I, which saw the making of his first collection for the Dior.
Dior is now left with the daunting task of filling Simons shoes. Names that have been floating around includes Riccardo Tisci who is currently Creative Director of Givenchy and J.W Anderson creative Director of Loewe.