Raf Simons For Dior?

Since John Galliano fell from grace in light of his now infamous anti-Semitic rant, the design team at Dior has gone unhelmed. Veritably every renowned name in design, from Alexander Wang to Riccardo Tisci, has been rumored as next in line for the throne. This time, it’s Raf Simons, who currently designs for Jil Sander, and things are looking serious. Reports in today’s WWD have cited sources claiming that the house of Dior is near to closing a deal with Simons to replace Galliano. Simons is already responsible for breathing new life into the Jil Sander brand, acknowledged as “one of the most desirable labels in the market today.”

It’s worth noting that Simons’ road to fashion royalty has been paved with respect to a “clean, minimal aesthetic,” which is precisely opposite from Galliano’s theatrics and costume-y sense of design. Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn divulges that Galliano’s take on Dior “generated buzz for the house, but that style now seems a little stuck in the past.” She goes on to conclude that Raf Simons is the “logical choice” for Dior. Still, the deal has the potential to incite conflict, given that the designer’s contract at Jil Sander is rumored to have recently been renewed indefinitely. Will the Dior designer saga ever end? [NYMag]