Raf Simons is exiting his role as Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections at Christian Dior after a three-and-a-half year collaboration. According to the French luxury fashion house, Simons “reached this decision for personal reasons”. Simons’ successor is yet to be identified, however, they have already commenced their search for a replacement. He has released a statement about his departure, which is based on his desire to focus on other interests in his life, which include his own brand. His eponymous fashion house is expected to continue showing its collections in Paris. Simons exited the company after he and the company failed to reach an agreement on a new employment contract, although the parting was amicable, according to sources.
His departure is sure to incite fierce speculation about who is next to take on one of the most distinguished creative roles in fashion. As for Simons, his next move remains unknown, though he may be restrained by a non-compete clause, as is typical for this kind of role, which would temporarily prevent him from working for a competitor.