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Belgian designer Raf Simons is leaving Dior, it emerged yesterday in an announcement that has taken many people by surprise.
The Spring/Summer 2016 collection presented at Paris Fashion Week will have been Raf Simons’ final collection for Dior, after three and a half years at the French fashion house. Simons was recruited by Dior to take on John Galliano’s role in 2012, following the latter’s anti-Semitic outburst that made the headlines and prompted his departure from company.
Simons had previously been designer at Jil Sander since 2005, and is known for a much more minimal design aesthetic than Galliano. However, his first collection for Dior was a success and his designs have since gone on to be very popular. Indeed, credited for helping to modernise Dior, Simons’ appointment has led to an increase of sales and revenue growth for the label. A recent documentary Dior and I, which followed the creation of the designer’s first couture collection, focused on the designer’s relationship with the luxury fashion house. 
In a statement, Simons commented: “It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior's women’s collection. 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.” From now on, Simons will be able to dedicate more attention to his eponymous menswear label which he has run alongside his work at Jil Sander and Dior.
Dior, which is owned by luxury conglomerate LMVH, hasn’t yet revealed who will be appointed to follow in Simons’ footsteps. The announcement that Simons’ is leaving immediately led to speculation about possible contenders for the role. Which designer do you think might be best suited to takeover as new creative director of Dior?