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Raf Simons leaves Dior

Raf Simons leaves Dior

Raf Simons has announced his plans to leave Christian Dior after three and a half years.

The Belgian designer was announced as the creative director of the French fashion house in April 2012, taking over from Bill Gaytten. While the collaboration has gone swimmingly and received critical acclaim, Raf has revealed he has decided to depart the label due to "personal reasons". And he isn't staying on for the Autumn/Winter 16 presentation, so his recent Spring/Summer 16 show in Paris was his last.

“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,” Raf confirmed in a statement. “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.”

Both Bernard, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior SA, and Sidney, CEO of Christian Dior Couture, "acknowledge" Raf's decision, and have thanked him for his "exceptional contribution" to the famous brand.

While it's a big surprise in the industry, the fashion star hinted at feeling displaced recently. Before his Paris show at the beginning of October (15), he admitted he's questioning a lot when it comes to the pace of fashion reaching a tipping point. “I feel a lot of people are questioning. We have a lot of conversation about it: Where is it going? It’s not only the clothes. It’s the clothes, it’s everything, the Internet.”

A replacement for Raf has not yet been confirmed.

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