Raf Simons profile pic courtesy shot.jpgFinally after months and months of speculation, the house of Christian Dior has named its new designer, Raf Simons!

Simons will unveil his first collection for Dior in July during Paris Couture Week under his new job title of artistic director of haute couture, women's ready-to-wear and accessories collections. He takes over the temporary reins of Bill Gaytten who replaced John Galliano, who was ousted in March last year following racist and anti-Semitic public outbursts in a Paris cafe.

Simons, formerly at Jil Sander, will be Dior's sixth couturier. His modern aesthetic gives us a hint that perhaps Dior is looking to take the house in a new futuristic and minimalistic direction.

"It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior. Mr Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier. Around the globe, the name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honored to become Artistic Director of the most celebrated French house in the world." said Raf Simons.

Now we can all finally put an end to the constant Dior rumours, woo!

[via WWD]