According to reports in both WWD and Vogue, Dior has confirmed that its in-house team will design the next two collections. The announcement might quiet the bubbling speculation as to who will replace former Creative Director Raf Simons, who surprisingly announced his departure in October. But probably not. There are few things the fashion press loves talking about more than designer musical chairs, especially when it involves one of the most influential posts in the industry.
A representative for Dior did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.
Meanwhile at Dior, the (runway) show must go on. Pre-fall 2016 will be shown only by appointment in January, followed by spring 2016 couture the same month, and then fall 2016 ready-to-wear in March, all of which will fall under the design team's collective direction. If 2014 documentary "Dior and I" (which focused on Simons's first couture collection) is anything to go by, the French house has a solid team of designers and seamstresses who are well-equipped to get the job done.
If someone emerges to take the lead in the meantime, could Dior follow Gucci's example and promote someone from within? It may not have worked out quite that way for Bill Gaytten (who ended up with a creative director role at John Galliano rather than Dior after Galliano was fired), but... Sorry, there's that speculation creeping out again.