Belgian Raf Simons tipped to replace John Galliano at Dior

Nine months after Galliano was fired, Paris fashion house may have found a replacement

LAST UPDATED AT 14:39 ON Tue 13 Dec 2011

A RAG TRADE saga could finally be drawing to a close with reports that French fashion house Dior is poised to appoint Belgian Raf Simons as head designer, replacing the disgraced John Galliano, who lost his job in March.
 
Galliano was fired after his arrest for an anti-Semitic rant at a Paris bar, and fashionistas have been on tenterhooks ever since waiting to see who would take over at the iconic brand.
 
Now industry reports suggest that 43-year-old Simons, currently the creative director for the Jil Sander label, is set to step in.
 
The Belgian is in talks with Dior, according to fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily, but it warns that a deal is yet to be signed.
 
That small detail has not stopped the gossip. Grazia notes that Dior has a show to plan for Paris Fashion Week next March and points out that the label's couture collection is due next month.
 
"Speculation about John Galliano's successor has been rife since he was ousted from the brand earlier this year, with Marc Jacobs believed to be the most likely bet. But in recent months, the wheels fell off the MJ talks and a new line-up of possibilities appeared, including Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and yep, Raf Simons," says the magazine.
 
Simons started out as a menswear designer but has been feted since joining the Jil Sander label. "As the creative director at the fashion house since 2005, Simons has reenergised Jil Sander's fortunes with a series of well-received collections," reports Elle. · 

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