Is Dior About to Hire Raf Simons Away from Jil Sander?
Dec 13, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
The answer is a potential "Yup" -- seems like Marc Jacobs is out and Raf Simons is in. Sources close to Christian Dior tell WWD that the luxury house is close to signing the Belgian designer, but there are a few obstacles in the way, such as Simons' recently extended contract with Jil Sander.
Simons has been with Jil Sander since 2005 and his contract was recently extended for an unknown duration, meaning Dior will most likely have to buy him out of it. Should that prove easily said and done, Simons still won't be able to produce a ready-to-wear collection by March, let alone a couture collection by January; therefore Bill Gaytten and the Dior atelier would continue to handle design duties in the mean time.
There might be an even bigger hurdle on the horizon, however, as Yves Saint Laurent reportedly has their eye on Simons as well. Stefano Pilati, if rumors are to be believed, is always on the verge of being fired and his contract expires in March. YSL hasn't indicated whether they will extend Pilati's deal or not, but considering that his role is a constant source of speculation, it's hard to put much weight behind this.
Meanwhile, there's no time frame for Simons' appointment, and Dior -- of course -- has neither confirmed or denied these reports. But of all the names bandied about since John Galliano's dismissal earlier this year, Raf Simons is one of the strongest and most viable, don't you think? [WWD]