From The Straits Times    |

Raf Simons says John Galliano is no longer “relevant”.

The designer was named the new creative director of Christian Dior earlier this year, following the departure of Galliano. He was sacked after he made anti-Semitic remarks during an argument in Paris and subsequently checked into rehab to treat his addiction issues.

Simons debuted his first full line for the fashion house during the recent Paris Fashion Week and it was praised by critics. He has now spoken about the direction he is taking the label, insisting there is no place for the flamboyant and tailored pieces Galliano is known for.

“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,” he told Vogue Australia.

Simons was linked to the Dior job for months before his appointment was made public. The creative director position had been vacant for around a year and he admits he had been in talks for some time.

“I’m not going to lie to you, we [Bernard Arnault, Dior boss, 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,” Simons explained.

Prior to his appointment the designer worked at Jil Sander. His last line for the label was praised but he doesn’t have great memories of his final months at the fashion house.

“That final collection was not in any way an audition for the Dior job. It was just something that I wanted to do,” he said.

“I felt more like a psychiatrist than a designer in the end, just to keep my team’s spirits up.” – COVER MEDIA