October 22, 2015  —  by

Raf Simons leaving Dior

credit: Vogue

It was announced this afternoon that Raf Simons will exit the french fashion house Dior. Joined Dior three-and-a-half years ago and is now leaving. Simons arrived at the house of Dior in April 2012 – presenting his first couture show and his since then presented ready-to-wear collections and couture shows. The time Raf was creative director, people have had different opinions of his designs. Saying he wasn’t right at all – and other saying he was just what Dior needed. He managed to mix his minimalism with the elegance and romance of Dior.

“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,” Simons said 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.”

The ready-to-wear show that he presented on Paris Fashion Week – for spring/summer 2016 – was  his last for the French house, leaving  Simons to, as he said: to focus on other things.