Raf Simons’ departure from Dior created more waves in the tides of change that have been sweeping through the fashion industry. Conscious uncoupling between designers and fashion houses seems to be on trend this year. On Oct. 22, Dior announced that Simons would be leaving his position as artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear, haute couture and accessories collections. During his three-and-a-half years at the iconic French fashion house, Simons stayed true to Christian Dior’s iconic New Look aesthetic of femininity and architecture, while also infusing the brand with his own colorful vision.
Dior has already began to search for a new artistic director, but has not made any decisions yet. Here is an eclectic mix of five candidates for the position and why they are qualified.
Posen would be a prime option for Dior because of his eye for tailoring and feminine details. His streamlined and modern designs still exude a classicism reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour, which makes his gowns popular on the red carpet. Form-flattering and enhancing, his garments speak to a woman’s figure. Waist-hugging bodices flow into molded peplums and full skirts, similar to Christian Dior’s iconic Bar suit.
With her effortlessly put-together style, McCartney could relax Dior’s image. By considering issues such as animal rights in her designs, she has created a vibrant, socially conscious image for her company. In the 1940s when Christian Dior made his name in the fashion industry, he reimagined the restrictive and conservative style of the war era with designs that elevated women’s sense of lightheartedness. Simons successfully captured the liveliness of Dior’s original brand, and McCartney could certainly carry it on a more whimsical path while still honoring the femininity and structure of classic Dior.
How spectacular would it be if Dior was able to coax Margiela back into the industry? Margiela would definitely make an edgy addition to Dior. His brand, now run by John Galliano, is known for being provocative, sometimes moody but always well-tailored. Margiela has the talent and craftsmanship to renew Dior from the comfortable plateau it reached under Simons.
Moralioglu, the London-based designer better recognized by his first name, creates versatile collections pairing delicate textiles with bold prints and feminine embellishments. Moralioglu is not a commercially known brand but is popular among fashion buffs and celebrities. Because he has a vibrant and youthful aesthetic, Moralioglucould bring some energy to Dior.
As a veteran in the fashion industry, Alaïa knows how to create crowd-pleasing and creative collections. The “totally important designer,” as Cher put it in “Clueless,” was known for his sexy body-conscious dresses in the ’80s, but has since developed his collections to allow for more movement. His attention to detail and sense of refinement would uphold the sophistication at Dior, making him an appropriate fit for the fashion house.
A version of this article appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition. Email Sophie at [email protected]