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Daryl Goh's 'Installation Lucid' at Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers

Dada today: Art-making ‘invades’ non-art spaces through the support of corporations like Facebook, Amtrak and Autodesk

Daryl Goh's 'Installation Lucid' at Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers

Daryl Goh’s ‘Installation Lucid’ at Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers

Appropriation is the act of reusing existing elements within a new work. The appropriation in art goes back to the early 1900s when Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ provided new ways of seeing through readymades. Relating this concept of art-making to macroeconomics, we are starting to see the appropriation of art-making in non-art spaces. Art has transcended the art circle of galleries, museums, institutions and artist-run spaces. Increasingly, it has been produced for retail strategies, business expansion, corporate social responsibility, branding and marketing.

As the designer and co-producer of Asia’s pioneering projection-mapping infused retail experience, ‘Installation Lucid @ Zhuang Home of Singapore Designers’, I am privileged to have seen the creative possibilities of this new phenomenon. The appropriation of creative media facilitates the shift in the retail industry through utilising art as an apparatus to infuse fashion and technology while inspiring new competitors in the industry transformation.

Groundbreaking projects worth mentioning in recent years include Viktor & Rolf in Milan which features the entire interior of the store upside down. The floor is on the ceiling and vice versa while chandeliers are erected from the floor. Raf Simons’ Tokyo clothing boutique is another unique meeting of art and fashion where artist Sterling Ruby used the floors and ceilings of the space as his canvas. Pedder on Scotts in Singapore is also an innovative endeavour to curate an experience that feels “like a nice day in a modern gallery” as Peter Harris, President of Pedder Group, says.

Daryl Goh's 'Installation Lucid' at Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers

Daryl Goh’s ‘Installation Lucid’ at Zhuang: Home of Singapore Designers

Taking this framework of appropriation to the corporate level, art goes beyond the face value of commissioning and selling paintings. There is a new innovative spectacle that is sweeping across large organisations: the corporate-sponsored artist-in-residence (AIR) programmes. Autodesk is an architectural and engineering software producer with a residency programme that proved commerce and art can thrive together. Not only are artists funded for the projects they carry out, they can also help to shape technology that is useful to Autodesk. Amtrak, the railroad service in the United States, created an AIR programme which rewarded them with exponential influence on social media. In addition to Facebook which is also well known to commission artists to produce installations in their campus, there are over 200 of these AIR programmes in the United States.

To ride on this wave, I founded the NPE Art Residency in Singapore. Housed within a leading print house, NPE Print Communications, arguably Singapore’s first and only free AIR programme provides artists with a studio for three months, consultancy with the leaders of the print industry, cost-priced production within the resources of the communication and press facility. This art initiative has since provided the corporate agency with new business ideas and propositions, such as launching a giclee print arm of the company with artist, Nicola Anthony, as an ambassador for this service.

Eunice Lim's ongoing NPE Art Residency in Singapore residency

Eunice Lim’s ongoing NPE Art Residency in Singapore residency

The interdisciplinary capabilities of art are undeniable. Traditional streams of art production will continue to anchor the history of art and culture within the art industry. However, the innovative appropriation of art as a corporate entity will manifest into something exciting within new spheres that will continue to surprise us time and again.

This article was written by Daryl Goh and originally published in Art Republik.

Calvin Klein Merges Men’s, Womenswear Shows

Calvin Klein will show its men’s and women’s collections together at New York Fashion Week reports WWD. The American fashion powerhouse joins an ever-growing number of fashion labels ditching separate shows for menswear and womenswear, including Bottega Veneta and Gucci.

The fall 2017 runway show will take place on February 10 at 10 am and will feature both Calvin Klein’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories. The location of the show has not yet been announced.

The highly anticipated collection will be the first from new chief creative director Raf Simons, who moved to the brand in August after heading up French fashion house Dior.

New York Fashion Week takes place from February 9 to February 16, 2017.

Dior Celebrates 70 Years With New Book Collection

For its 70th anniversary, the illustrious fashion house Dior will be releasing a series of reference books. Each book will be dedicated to a popular designer who has worked under the House of Dior over the years.

The first, will feature Christian Dior who founded his eponymous label back in 1946. Following books will celebrate designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, who took over after the death of Dior in 1957; Marc Bohan was another designer who led the brand when Saint Laurent was called up for military service in 1960. The fourth book will feature Gianfranco Ferré who was the first Italian to lead the French brand in 1989.

John Galliano, who happens to be the most controversial creative director of the seven, will be featured in the fifth reference book. Galliano took on the role in 1996 but was dismissed in 2011 over alleged anti-Semitic remarks. The sixth volume will focus on Belgian designer Raf Simons who was the Creative Director from 2012 to 2015 while the final volume will feature Maria Grazia Chiuri who joined the brand in July this year.

Shot by photographer Laziz Hamani and accompanied with text by Olivier Saillard, the first volume of the series will be titled ‘Dior by Christian Dior’. The book is said to be the “ultimate compendium” of the most iconic haute couture designs by Dior himself. The publication will serve as a complete chronology of the designer’s work at the house, from his groundbreaking debut Spring/Summer 1947 collection famously known as the “New Look,” to his final ‘Fuseau’ Fall/Winter 1957 line. Featuring fashion pieces conserved in museums and institutions from around the world, the first series is set to be released next month while the remaining six will be published by Assouline between 2017 and 2018.

Raf Simons Embraces American Dream

Raf Simons Embraces American Dream

Raf Simons, the Belgian designer and lead player of the recent “musical chair” movement in fashion, announced plans last week to show his Fall/Winter 2017 men’s collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s next February, making it the brand’s debut on the city’s catwalks.

“Raf is one of the most influential designers on the international fashion stage,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “His creativity and energy are a welcome addition as we continue to grow this important platform for American menswear.”

New York over Paris? What gives? The stateside move suggests the European designer has global ambitions for his label to crack North America, having shown his Autumn/Winter 2016 collection in Paris earlier this year, followed by a Spring/Summer 2017 collection that was revealed during Florence’s Pitti Uomo menswear event in June.

Color us cynical but perhaps Simons is taking a more US-focused approach to fashion following his appointment as chief creative officer at Calvin Klein. One of the world’s most renowned fashion houses based in the USA, Simons’ move was announced in August. His debut collection for the brand is also set to be revealed for the Fall 2017 season.

Simons stepped down as creative director at Christian Dior last October, following three-and-a-half years as the head of the legendary French house’s womenswear department. “It’s a decision founded on one hand by my desire to concentrate on other centers of interest in my life, notably my own label, as well as the passions that motivate me beyond my professional activities,” he said at the time. Those other passions may have to wait for a while — for now. Simons’ career appears to be going full throttle.

New York Fashion Week: Men’s runs from January 30-February 2, 2017.

3 Changes For New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week will kick off later this week and many are looking forward to what it has in store. The first major event of September, arguably fashion’s biggest month, will be ringing in the changes in more ways than one. We take a look at three major changes that will be seen at New York Fashion Week.

New Venue

This season, the catwalks will be situated in two unique locations: Skylight at Moynihan Station and Skylight at Clarkson Square. The new venues will allow guests to be immersed in true New York cultural experiences. Apart from the opportunity for guests to enjoy both fashion week and New York, the locations are set to help guests travel more efficiently through the city. “We’re looking forward to reintroducing the industry to a showcase of creative talent, style and innovation that made the New York runways famous,” says Mark Shapiro, Chief Content Officer at the event’s producer and marketer IMG.

Brands in Transition

With Peter Copping out of the picture, the fashion house Oscar de la Renta had been on the lookout for creative directors since July. While the search has ended and Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia have been selected to lead the brand, their debut collection will not be seen until Autumn/Winter 2017. For this season, the collection presented will be the work of Oscar de la Renta’s in-house design team that worked under Copping.

Calvin Klein is another brand that is trying to find its footing after an upheaval. The brand recently welcomed designer Raf Simons into the family after the departures of Franciso Costa and Italo Zucchelli. However, much like Oscar de la Renta, the new creative director will not be showcasing his debut collection for the house till Fall 2017. For this season, the brand’s in-house team will be responsible for the collection, which will be presented by appointment only rather than on the catwalk.

See Now, Buy Now

From Michael Kors to Tom Ford, the new see-now-buy-now trend is sweeping the industry. Other designers who are backing the cause for instantly available fashion is Tommy Hilfiger. His new collaboration “Tommy X Gigi” with model and it-girl Gigi Hadid is set to make its debut September 9, which is certainly good news for fans. Also set to cause a stir, is Kanye West with his Adidas collaboration, Yeezy season 4. Rumoured to be taking place September 7, let’s just hope he does his Kanye Best (we had to).

New York Fashion Week will run from September 8 to 14.

Raf Simons Calvin Klein rumor

Raf Simons Joins Calvin Klein

We sort of knew that this new move by Raf Simons would happen but it is nice to finally have some confirmation. It can be counted as one of the worst kept secrets of the fashion industry (which is what Calvin Klein himself called it) but it is now official: Raf Simons has joined Calvin Klein and has gotten right down to work. His new role as the chief creative officer will see the 48-year-old oversee the brand’s clothing, underwear, jeans and home furnishings effective immediately. Fans of the designer can look forward to seeing his first collection under Calvin Klein this fall.

Prior to his role at Calvin Klein, the Belgian designer was the creative director at Dior. Apart from bringing along his experience gained by working at Dior and Jil Sander, the designer is also bringing along his former right-hand man Pieter Mulier. “Mr Mulier will be responsible for executing Mr Simons’ creative and design vision for men’s and women’s ready to wear, as well as the bridge and better apparel lines and accessories,” the fashion house said.

Back in April, Calvin Klein reported that it would be unifying all its brands under one vision, in a bid to increase its global retail sales. “This new leadership is intended to further strengthen the brand’s premium positioning worldwide and pave the way for future long-term global growth,” said Calvin Klein CEO Steve Shiffman. He added that “Not since Mr Klein himself was at the company has it been led by one creative visionary, and I am confident that this decision will drive the Calvin Klein brand and have a significant impact.” It remains to be seen if one head is better than four — the formula that the brand had used up till April — but for now we are glad to bring some cheer to the world of fashion!

Alexander Wang X Adidas Rumored Collaboration

It is a brand known to merge high fashion with its sporty DNA so it comes as no surprise that Adidas may be courting designer and Zoolander 2 punchline Alexander Wang for a new collaboration. Rumor has it that the pairing will be announced at New York Fashion Week, on the heels of Wang’s Fall 2016 runway show on September 10.

Known for his attitude-laden urban street style, Wang seems like a perfect choice for the brand. Following his departure from French Couture house Balenciaga in July last year, the designer has been focusing on his eponymous label, becoming CEO recently. While there is no word from either party to confirm any sort of partnership (making this story pure grist for the rumor mill), this will not be the first collaboration for Wang.

In 2014 he collaborated with Swedish retailer H&M to produce a capsule collection. His focus on leggings, crop tops and bodycon dresses showcased the sporty undertones that we expect to follow with Adidas, should it be confirmed.

Since 2004, the initiative by Adidas has seen Stella McCartney, Rick Owens and Raf Simons led their vision and designs to the brand. With McCartney, the sports wear brand saw a successful high-end sportswear line. However, Adidas collaboration with rapper-designer Kanye West has been its most high-profile celebrity designer to date. With the launch of his Yeezy collection in 2013, the rapper has been the subject of both admiration and controversy, which has ultimately helped bring Adidas into the spotlight of the fashion world.

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Who’s the Boss at Calvin Klein? Everybody Knows…

Apparently, the “whole industry” knows who will be helming Calvin Klein, even though the brand is under contractual constraints preventing it from naming names. This latest bit of “news” comes from Klein himself during a radio interview on Sirius XM. Join us as we cue Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and say the name of the new main man at Calvin Klein. Yes, yes, we covered the news of Raf Simons potentially joining Calvin Klein when the news was still hot, over on Mens-Folio Singapore but we revisit it once more with this wire story from the AFP. Well, Klein could be trolling everyone with his statement but we highly doubt that…

Raf Simons sent shockwaves rippling through the fashion industry when he announced his resignation as Creative Director of Dior last October. But, as previously reported, rumors are rife that he could be about to make a major comeback at the helm of Calvin Klein.

The Belgian designer left Dior last fall after three years of overseeing the womenswear creations for the prestigious French fashion house, citing the need to redress his work-life balance. “It’s a decision founded on one hand by my desire to concentrate on other centers of interest in my life, notably my own label, as well as the passions that motivate me beyond my professional activities,” he said at the time. His gaping absence at the house was finally remedied last week, when the house revealed that Valentino Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri will be stepping into his shoes.

Calvin Klein, meanwhile, has been undergoing a tumultuous period of its own. The all-American classic brand has apparently been sitting on the news of a new star designer since April, following the revelation that it was parting ways with Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, the respective heads of its womenswear and menswear departments. This move, however, was precipitated by the brand as part of its new strategy to unify the two entities. A statement from Calvin Klein at the time read: “A new brand direction will ultimately follow one creative vision across all categories of the business.”

Could Simons be the man taking on that role? The industry certainly suspects so, pointing out the ease with which his modern and elegant approach could be used to revive the iconic US label. Klein himself fanned the flames during a radio interview on Sirius XM when, as reported, he said of the brand: “They won’t announce [who it is] publicly because it’s under contract. But the whole industry knows.” WWD reports that an official announcement is widely excepted this August at the latest, and with the Spring / Summer 2017 shows starting up in September, the race is on.

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Dior Names Maria Grazia Chiuri Artistic Director

Anything can happen in the world of fashion and often does. In what seems like a big shake-up in the industry, Dior announces its first ever female artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was previously from Valentino.

Chiuri, known for her romantic, intricate designs at Valentino, will leave the Italian House and her longtime creative partner Pierpaolo Picciolo, whom she’s worked with since 2008. She will not only fill the vacancy left by Raf Simons since his departure last October, but will also join an esteemed league of designers the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano, who previously helmed the label.

Meanwhile, Swiss design duo Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, who have been holding the fort, will likely move to Dior’s haute couture department, with their debut couture collection showing in Paris on July 4.

The LVMH-owned couture house has reportedly seen a four percent drop in growth in the last quarter, while its turnover is also down by one percent to (EURO)1.39 billion, and the brand is hopeful Chiuri can improve the situation. To be fair though, the overall macro-economic situation is likely to blame and the ripples from Brexit (still a possibility at the time of this announcement) will certainly not help.

Vanderperre Shoots Raf Simons FW’16 Campaign

Willy Vanderperre, long-time friend and collaborator of Raf Simons is the man behind the lens of the Belgian designer’s Fall/Winter 2016 campaign yet again. The series of sinister and slightly creepy portraits see fellow Belgian model Luca Lemaire standing amidst an abandoned field and on stone roads in the countryside, wearing the season’s oversized varsity jackets and billowy topcoats.

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The stormy sky in the background, coupled with Vanderperre’s ingenious use of lighting, perfectly set the mood for the enigmatic and dramatic campaign. You might think we stitched the images together to enhance the mood but that is not the case. Vanderperre’s photos are in the two-part format seen here, with a portrait on one side and a silhouette on the other, the aim being to showcase the key looks of the Fall-Winter 2016 collection.

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Vanderperre and Simons’ long history of partnership date back to 2009, where they first collaborated, and subsequently in 2010 and 2011. He has also shot all of Raf Simons’ ad campaigns since Fall/Winter 2013.

Will Raf Simons Head for Calvin Klein?

In the midst of last week’s high profile departures, another interesting rumor was making its rounds. Will Raf Simons join Calvin Klein? While nothing definite has been set in stone, a lot of people see this possibility as a nice fit between the aesthetics of the brand and the designer. Once the rumor mill gets started, you’ll never know where it stops… Nevertheless, Simons probably has a non-compete in his deal with Dior so we’ll only get official confirmation once that is out of the way, probably later this year.

You can check out more of this story over at Men’s Folio.

Karl Lagerfeld Visions of Fashion at Pitti Uomo

A man of little words but a whole lot of talent, Karl Lagerfeld perhaps prefers to express himself with fashion design and photography. This year, he celebrates his extensive photographic career with “Karl Lagerfeld_Visions of Fashion” at the Pitti Uomo, a biannual tradeshow for menswear.

The retrospective, held at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence and curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl, is a journey through his uniquely sophisticated photographic style, which he applies to a wide range of advertising campaigns, editorial features and portraits.

Starting from the grand staircase, Scalone del Moro and then winding its way through the rooms of the Galleria Palatina, the Sala Bianca and the two rooms of the Appartmenti degli Arazzi, the exhibition is an extensive journey through the lens of the Kaiser. His exhibition is one of the many high-profile extracurricular events scheduled during the menswear fashion event and runs alongside a special fashion show by ex-Dior designer Raf Simons.

“Karl Lagerfeld_Visions of Fashion” will be open to public on 15 June 2016, with a closing date yet to be announced. Pitti Uomo runs from 14 – 17 June.

 

 

Raf Simons at Pitti Uomo Immagine 90

Since ending his stint at Dior, Raf Simons has concentrated on his own eponymous label. To unveil his Spring/ Summer 2017 collection, the designer will head to Florence, Italy.

At the city’s Pitti Immagine Uomo 90, Simons will be part of a special collaboration for a show titled “Florence Calling: Raf Simmons”. This is not the first time that the designer has collaborated with Pitti Immagine Uomo. Back in 2003, Simons helped to curate the event’s 2003 exhibition “Il Quarto Sesso. Il territorio estremo dell’adolescenza.” Last year, he used the event as a platform for a fashion show, video installation and book to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his brand.

Running from June 14 to 17, Simons presence at the event is a coup for Pitti Immagine. “I believe that Raf Simons, like no other person in fashion, is able to grasp the restless spirit of youth, its lights and sounds, along with a nostalgia for youth, which is a vital and positive acceptance of maturity,” says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine Director of Communications and Events.

This story was written in-house, with an AFP image to illustrate and report as the source.

 

Dior: London Show May Unveil New Creative Director

The fashion world waits for no one. So if you thought you could catch a breather after Fashion Week, we have news for you. Fashion house Dior has already set a date for its next show in London and might have something special in store…

Taking place May 31 at Blenheim Palace, the show is making the news for one reason. Word has it that Dior will use the show to not only unveil its 2017 cruise collection but also the debut of Dior’s new Creative Director. Said to be taking over from Raf Simmons after his departure in October of 2015, is Jonathan Saunders.

Like Bouchra Jarrar in the days leading up to her new role at Lanvin, Saunders has closed his own well-known brand. Having left Pollini in December 2015, many are speculating that the event will be a perfect way to showcase not only Saunders but also his influence on LVMH’s luxury fashion brand. Dior’s show in London will take place two days before rival Gucci’s own display on June 2 at Westminster Abbey.

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Hedi Slimane and Saint Laurent to Part?

Watching designers announce their departure from iconic fashion houses, oddly enough feels sad, like the end of an era. It can also be scary for what the future might hold for the label and the individual. Some moves are met with shock (Raf Simmons and Alber Elbaz) while others had been anticipated for months. However, the recent departures have whipped numerous iconic houses into a frenzy to find replacements.

Just last week, we reported that Alessandro Sartori and Stefano Pilati had confirmed their departures from Berluti and Zegna respectively. So it is with a heavy heart to report that Saint Laurent’s artistic director Hedi Slimane, may soon join the list. This may be a game of Russian roulette for the brands…

At the moment rumors about Slimane’s future are just that, rumors but the mill is going into overdrive after fashion journal Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reported that 47-year-old Slimane has “Failed to reach an agreement on the renewal of his contract”. This of course is in spite of the French designer doubling revenue and produced skyrocketing profits in just three years.

Not letting the uncertainty about his future get in the way of his talent, Slimane unveiled Saint Laurent’s autumn-winter men’s collection in Los Angeles (where he lives) instead of Paris during men’s fashion week. The star-studded show was not the first to be moved to the city once deemed too flashy. The likes of Burberry and Tom Ford have embraced the city of angels of late, thanks to the recent fashion boom.

Paris Fashion Week Runway Shows to Watch

The first week of March is going to be a busy one for Paris, and not just for fashion week. Following the numerous changes in major fashion houses, those in the know are waiting with bated breath on the announcement of new creative directors and for what newcomers will bring to the global stage.

Of the new designers announced in the line-up, one name that stands out is that of Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. She started her eponymous label Dorhout Mees, barely six years ago and has since caught the attention of the industry through her sophisticated designs and feminine collections. Her designs feature geometric shapes, prints, luxury fabrics such as silk and structural effects created by carefully placed folds and superimposed layers. France’s ready-to-wear ruling body Fédération française du prêt-à-porter, has scheduled this highly anticipated show for March 6 on its provisional schedule.

Though not a newcomer to the Parisian runway, Koché is still considered another relatively new name to the line-up. This second showing after a sensational debut Paris show will feature founder Christelle Kocher’s use of street culture, artisanal skills and techniques. Her keen use of new technologies gives rise to stylishly eclectic and high-quality collections. Paris Fashion Week will see the label present its autumn/winter 2016-2017 collection.

Lanvin, the oldest Parisian fashion house still operating today, saw creative director Alber Elbaz step down in October. In the interim, Chemena Kamali, formerly of Chloé, has been drafted in to oversee the women’s ready-to-wear collection. However, this temporary arrangement can’t last forever (the very definition of temporary) and rumors of a permanent replacement are intensifying. Stefano Pilati, who recently left Ermenegildo Zegna, is one of the designers thought to be in the running to replace Alber Elbaz. This remains unconfirmed by Lanvin but fashion week could be the ideal time to reveal the Israeli-American designer’s successor.

With the autumn/winter 2016-2017 shows just weeks away, the situation is almost identical over at Dior. If no announcement is made in the coming weeks, then fashion week could be a key time for Dior to reveal Raf Simons’ replacement. In the meantime, Dior’s in-house design team has been handed control of the upcoming collection, as was already the case for Dior’s Haute Couture show back in January. Christian Dior’s collection is booked for the Paris catwalk Friday, March 4.

Alessandro Sartori Exits Berluti, Heads for Zegna

Following in the wake of fellow designers Alber Elbaz, Raf Simmons and most recently Stefano Pilati, Alessandro Sartori is the next big name to relinquish his role as Artistic Director at Berluti. The designer had joined the brand after leaving Ermenegildo Zegna’s Z Zegna label.

[UPDATE: Business of Fashion reports that Sartori is taking up the newly created Artistic Director role at Zegna. He starts work June this year, making the Autumn/Winter 2017 collection his first full collection for Zegna.]

The LVMH-owned Berlutti had been in the hands of Sartori since 2011. In his time at the label, he brought the legendary shoemaker to the world of luxury menswear, gaining notice from fashion editors. Like his counterpart Stefano Pilati, the designer showcased his last collection during Paris Fashion Week last month.

Of his departure, Antoine Arnault whose father Bernard Arnault is the CEO and Chairman of LVMH said: “It’s the end of a chapter for us, and it was a beautiful one”.

Rumored to be taking over the role, is Alexandre Mattiussi. The former menswear designer at Givenchy currently heads his own label AMI. For more on Alessandro Sartori’s departure, find out what our friends at Men’s Folio had to say.

Raf-less Dior Goes In-House for 2016 Collections

Couture hotshot Raf Simons will not be replaced at Christian Dior soon. The French fashion label has revealed that its in-house team will be creating the next two collections, without the benefit of a new creative director.

The news, reported by L’Officiel Singapore and broken by WWD, suggests fashion-lovers may need to wait longer than expected to find out who will be taking over as the brand’s next couturier.

The in-house studio will undertake the spring 2016 couture collection, coming to the runway in January, as well as the fall 2016 ready-to-wear line, a Dior spokersperson confirmed to WWD.

Raf Simons announced in late October that he would be leaving Christian Dior after more than three years as creative director, citing a “desire to concentrate on other centers of interest in my life, notably my own label, as well as the passions that motivate me beyond my professional activities.”

Elbaz to replace Simons at Christian Dior?

After a 14-year partnership, the celebrated fashion designer Alber Elbaz is to quit Lanvin and this is sure to fire up rumors about who will succeed Raf Simons as Dior’s next artistic director. Stories like this already litter the Internet and more will surely follow.

The game of musical chairs, which could also be called the fashion industry’s transfer market, has well and truly begun. Less than a week after Raf Simons announced he was leaving Christian Dior, the charismatic Alber Elbaz has said goodbye to the no less legendary Lanvin fashion house. 

It is difficult not to link the two resignations. While Raf Simons said he wanted to concentrate on his own projects, including his brand, Alber Elbaz has really surprised everyone in exiting Lanvin. Women’s Wear Daily reports that this breakup is linked to tension that has been building up between the artistic director and Lanvin’s owner, Shaw-Lan Wang. Elbaz is reportedly a shareholder at Lanvin so the situation remains fluid. Here is what our friends at L’Officiel Singapore have reported on this bit of news.

Nevertheless, there is a somewhat unfounded expectation that the Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer could replace Raf Simons at Dior. His name was whispered behind the scenes last week when it was announced that Simons was stepping down. For the moment it is just speculation, but if Alber Elbaz were to go to Christian Dior there is no doubt that it would shake up the fashion world. So perhaps this is all just wishful thinking?

Alber Elbaz was hired at Lanvin to transform and modernize the luxury brand’s image. Now his name seems almost inseparable from it. The designer made a major contribution to the brand’s current success by creating a modern style that is elegant, glamorous, and always ultra-feminine, while respecting the fashion house’s DNA. Ribbons, diamante, sequins, pleats, and ethereal skirts and dresses were given a new lease of life with a few strokes of the charismatic designer’s pencil.

It’s therefore difficult to imagine him taking the reins at such an influential brand as Christian Dior, with its very strong identity that is constantly in the spotlight. Something that Alber Elbaz has often shied away from, as he has said on several occasions that he likes to work away from this commotion.

The seat left empty by Raf Simons brings all kinds of possibilities to mind. Riccardo Tisci and Phoebe Philo, the artistic directors at Givenchy and Céline respectively, are other big names rumored as possible replacements. It’s anyone’s guess until the next announcement.

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Raf Simons quits as Dior creative director

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Raf Simons has quit as creative director at Christian Dior after more than three years, the fashion house said Thursday.

The collection he presented at the Paris fashion shows earlier this month will be his last for the French label.

“It’s after deep reflection that I have decided to quit my post as creative director for Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” the Belgian designer said in a statement.

“It’s a decision founded on one hand by my desire to concentrate on other centres of interest in my life, notably my own label, as well as the passions that motivate me beyond my professional activities,” he said, adding that it had been an “immense privilege” to work for Dior.

The 47-year-old took over in April 2012 after British designer John Galliano was fired following a scandal over anti-Semitic insults he made in a Paris bar that were caught on camera.

Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH which owns the label, and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano released a statement saying they respected Simons’ decision and “warmly thank him for his exceptional creative contribution”.