Raf Simons’ Successor Is Designing Dior’s Cruise 2017 Collection

Can he/she fill Simons’ shoes?

Update 1/6/2016:

Well, guess Dior's been teasing us this whole time.

When the label previously announced that its studio directors, Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier, would only be designing its Spring 2016 Couture through to its Fall/Winter 2016 collection, we fully expected Raf Simons’ successor to be revealed at its Cruise 2017 show.

Turns out we’ll have to wait a little longer — yesterday’s Cruise 2017 collection, shown in Blenheim Place, London, was designed by Ruffieux and Meier, as the search for a new creative head is still underway.

While that’s disappointing news for those anxiously waiting to find out who would fill Raf Simons’ shoes, Ruffieux and Meier definitely filled the gap well with an impressive show last night.

Until we’re officially introduced to Simons’ replacement, stay tuned to ELLE.sg for the latest fashion news and show updates! 


Since Raf Simons left Dior in October last year, the fashion community has been waiting with bated breath to find out who would replace the former creative director, who was credited with helping the fashion house flourish.

His absence was most tangible at the showing of Dior’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection — the first to be created by the label’s studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier without Simons' direction — which was dubbed less-than-stellar by critics.

Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Loewe’s Jonathan Anderson and Céline’s Phoebe Philo were amongst those speculated to succeed Simons, but a new creative director remains unnamed.

Until now, that is — we’ll finally get a confirmation as Dior presents its Cruise 2017 fashion show later tonight.

The collection will be the first to be designed by Raf Simons’ successor and will be held at the Blenheim Palace, London. Considering how Dior usually does its presentations in Paris, numerous fashion sites speculate that the historic British location could be a nod towards the mysterious new head’s English roots.

However, Dior’s has actually shown at Blenheim Palace before. Christian Dior himself held his 1954 show there and Yves Saint Laurent did so again in 1958.

So, how true are the rumours? We'll just have to count down the hours to find out.

Meanwhile, get an inside look at the Cruise 2017 show's beautiful setting in the video below, and check for live updates by ELLE Singapore's Editor-in-Chief Sharon Lim on our Instagram, straight from Blenheim Palace!

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