Jonathan Saunders tipped for top job at Dior
Jonathan Saunders is tipped to take a top job at fashion house Dior, claims Elle France.
According to a report in the fashion industry bible, Saunders is the favourite to replace Raf Simons at one of Paris’ most iconic couture and luxury houses.
The magazine reportedly posted the story online and then swiftly deleted it, but not before the fashion rumour mill went into overdrive over the news.
Elle claimed the vacancy left by Simons six months ago had been filled by the Glasgow-born designer who is set to unveil a Dior capsule collection in London, instead of the usual Paris showcase.
Saunders, 38, is known for his work with prints and use of traditional silk screening technique, and his designs have been worn by Madonna, Michelle Obama and Sienna Miller.
The designer has been one of the top picks for the post since announcing in December (15) he would be closing his eponymous label for “personal reasons”.
Saunders studied Printed Textiles at Glasgow School of Art before relocating to London to complete an MA with distinction from Central St Martins in London, with his graduate collection immediately winning him the Lancome Colour Award.
He made his debut at London Fashion Week in September 2003, with British Vogue featuring one of his designs on the cover of the January 2004 issue.
Official confirmation has not been forthcoming, but Sidney Toledano, CEO of Dior, previously warned he would take his time to find his replacement for Simons.
Dior recently launched a new Instagram account showcasing its beauty products. Dior Make-up showcases model catwalk looks and offers tips for application to recreate the Dior runway look at home.