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It has been less than a day has since we heard the news that Raf Simons is taking over at Dior, and the designer has already spoken out about his new role. While he's keeping tight-lipped about the details of his plans for the fashion house, he has revealed that his vision will be more feminine and romantic rather than sleek and minimal.

"I don't think it's wrong to call me a minimalist. It's wrong to call me a minimalist only," the former Jil Sander designer told WWD.

"When I'm married to a house, I will fully embrace its original intention, its original heritage and meaning. I'm interested in creativity, the evolution of creativity and the relationship between creativity and the times we live in."

Simons arrived in Paris yesterday to start day one of his new job. He will begin working on Dior's winter Couture show which will be shown in Paris in July. As for his own menswear label, his rep has told Elle UK that he intends to continue this line in addition to his Dior commitments.

"It's going to continue with absolutely no changes," a spokesperson said. "He will show as usual in June for Paris fashion week."

At this stage it remains unclear what Bill Gaytten's role will be. He was John Galliano's temporary replacement after Galliano was ousted last year. Oh yes, times they are a-changin'.