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Raf Simons In at Dior?

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The Jil Sander creative director is the latest name rumored to be in at Dior.

According to WWD, designer Raf Simons is close to inking a deal to take over the French label Dior, succeeding John Galliano after he was outed earlier this year. Following Galliano's controversial anti-Semetic comments and subsequent legal woes, the illustrious design house has been on the search for a new leader. Contenders like Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, and Jason Wu have all been rumored at some point, but according to anonymous industry insiders, Dior's parent company--LVMH--is looking to bring on Mr. Simons, who is currently the head of Jil Sander. As the New York Times' Cathy Horyn notes, this may strike some people as an incongruous choice: "If judged solely as a minimalist, Mr. Simons might seem an odd fit for romantic Dior," she says before adding, though, that Simons is coming off three seasons of critically and commercially successful collections. It's speculated that Simons--who has been with Jil Sander since 2005--would have to negotiate his way out of his current contract, the details of which are unknown, and decide on an start date before any official announcements are made.

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