John Galliano no longer relevant says Dior's creative director
Published 15/11/2012 | 09:49
"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 said.
Whilst Simons is known, and indeed loved, for his minimalist approach when it comes to cut and colour, Galliano is famed for his elaborate, extroverted creations, many of which made for exciting catwalk shows but often did not translate in terms of wearability.
Simons' first two collections for the famed French fashion house - couture autumn/winter 2012 and spring/summer 2013 - both received critical acclaim, and he's been praised for his ability to fuse Dior's traditional ideals with contemporary styling, bringing the house up to date without losing any of its unique charm or history.
He also discussed his departure from Jil Sander, the label he headed up before leaving to take up the coveted position at Dior.
"I felt more like a psychiatrist than a designer in the end, just to keep my team's spirits up," he said, before also revealing that he was in fact in discussions with Dior's CEO Bernard Arnault for "months" before the announcement of his appointment was made public.
By Bibby Sowray, Telegraph.co.uk