October was a dramatic month in the fashion world as two major creative directors announced their departures.
It was confirmed on the 22nd of October that Christian Dior’s S/S16 fashion show would be Raf Simons final appearance as creative director. Sidney Toledano, Dior’s CEO, speaks of Mr. Simons 3 year tenure, confirming that he will no longer be renewing his contract at Dior. In a one page statement released by the company, Simons explains, “It’s after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior woman’s collection” and goes on to say “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.” One can only imagine the weight and pressure that comes from being the creative director to one of Paris’s biggest and oldest fashion houses, so it’s with clear understanding that Mr. Simons signed his resignation to focus on his own brand and desires. After joining the house in 2012, Simons brought a new shape to the Dior silhouette, intertwining intellectual and art infused visions to the designs. Toledano also explains in a French newspaper “Le Echos” that Dior saw 60% growth revenue since 2011. So it’s with no doubt that Mr. Simons was able to hold his name with pride and glory acting as creative director. And with the end of S/S16 collection, the venue adorned with vivacious floral designs, Raf Simons waves his final good bye. It is now time for the curtain call on Raf Simons reign, leaving the crowd with a gasping pause on who will become his successor as Christian Dior’s next creative director.
“ALBER, ALBER, ALBER” were the tears and cries of over 330 staff members at Lanvin after the shocking news of Alber Elbaz’s termination from the house, WWD reports. It was later confirmed that the decision of Elbaz’s departure was out of his hands and in the hands of Shaw-Lan Wang, Lanvin’s owner, as reports Business of fashion. On the other hand the Lanvin staff is not taking the decision lightly, and have declared a meeting with Wang to justify her reasons behind her decision as well as a demand for Elbaz’s return. Stay tuned for updates on the topic.
In his 14-year tenure Mr. Elbaz refurbished the house, evoking the femininity and detail adorned garments. Also being one of the first high end designer to collaborate with H&M, making Lanvin accessible and a household name to most who admired the brand. As mentions Suzy Menkes, Vogues international fashion editor, “Elbaz is every woman’s darling”, referring to the warm and profound relation Mr. Elbaz has built within his endeavors. Questions still remain and speculations have been made on whether or not Elbaz’s termination had any links with Raf Simons’ departure from Dior. It was rumored since 2011 that Elbaz would be joining the Dior house after John Galliano, so will this speculated rumor in fact turn into a jaw dropper, revealing Elbaz as Dior’s new creative director?
In the past few years we have had over 5 designers shock us with their sudden terminations from fashions houses. Have the confidentiality and loyalty between designers and the brand gone to fade over time or will it just be a justified excuse to ease terminations? And will these drastic actions affect the loyalty and comfort between the clients and their beloved brands? Find out more in our upcoming article.
Written by Karim Kurdi