Raf Simons, the man with a knack for understated fashion, is leaving Jil Sander—effective February 27—after being at the creative helm of the brand for nearly seven years. Cathy Horyn of The New York Times reports that Simons’ Fall 2012 collection to be showed in Milan on Friday will be his last design effort under the fashion house.
This groundbreaking news follows rumors tracing back to last year that Simons is inches away from nabbing a creative director stint at Dior. Since John Galliano’s dismissal from the Paris house in March 2011, the position has been left vacant.
Whether or not he is headed to Dior is still up for debate, but it seems the bigger discussion surrounding the fashion world is Simons’ suitability for the job. Known for his minimalist aesthetics, many wonder how his purism will fare against John Galliano’s trademark extravagance.
With Simons departing Jil Sander, rumors are also circulating that the fashion house’s founder—Jil Sander—will return to fill the vacancy. It’s worth noting that Sander’s contract with Uniqlo ending after this season. Then again, we might as well wait for Simons’ successor, which will be announced in the next few days.