From Raf Simons's abrupt departure from Jil Sander to his surprise appointment at Dior--and his subsequent critically-acclaimed debut there--Simons has been a hot topic in the industry lately. But we haven't heard much from the designer himself about his recent career changes and what went on behind-the-scenes at Jil Sander and Dior.
However, in Vogue Australia's December issue (posted on The Fashion Spot), Simons opened up to Lisa Armstrong about his landmark year--from being in talks with Bernard Arnault for "months" to finding John Galliano's designs not "relevant." Read on.
On being in talks with Dior for months (we guess all those rumors, which began swirling way back in 2011, were true after all):
"I'm not going to lie to you, we [Bernard Arnault and I] had been talking for months about the job, but talks happen all the time in this business. That doesn't mean something is necessarily going to come out of it."
On his last collection for Jil Sander:
"That final collection was not in any way an audition for the Dior job. It was just something that I wanted to do."
And the atmosphere at Jil Sander before he left:
"I felt more like a psychiatrist than a designer in the end, just to keep my team's spirits up."
On John Galliano's aesthetic:
"I have so much respect for John [Galliano]'s technical skill and the fantasy, it's just something that I don't find relevant now, especially when it restricts a woman, because in every other area they have so much freedom."