Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Raf Simons to Dior?

This morning WWD reported that Raf Simons is close to signing with Dior as their next couturier. I think it would really shake things up at Dior, having someone as innovative as Raf at its helm.  I was reminded of this young lady (above) that I shot outside Chanel, and the interesting way she mixed Comme Des Garçons, Hermes, and Chanel into one look.  It really made me think about how cool it would be if Rei Kawakubo took over for Karl Lagerfeld when he leaves Chanel- talk about a fascinating combination.


It’s always fun to think about who you would want to see where; Raf at Dior, Rei at Chanel, Dries at Hermes…these are just a few of my dream combos.  But, let’s focus: Who do you see at Armani when he steps down? What about Chanel, or Ferre? Who’s going to revive the houses of Ungaro or Cardin? Better yet, what about Margiela?!


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  1. Julie

    December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I want to be her.

  2. fabush.com

    December 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    this girl is a little bit strange! =)

    little things for great christmas gift!

  3. yuka

    December 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    REI at CHANEL would be a DREAM!!

  4. Aitana

    December 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    i love her style ;)


  5. Carlos Feltes

    December 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    i have those kind of fantasies too, and i think Raf would do amazing things with the house of Dior, specially more interesting in the daywear area, more contemporary. As a fashion designer i really would love some day to have the chance to help revitalice one house like Ungaro, with a lot of heritage but at the same time give it a new point of view, always respecting the style and contemporary feelings…. those are always very exciting moments in fashion, when a house finds its match with one designer….. ;) http://www.carlosfeltes.blogspot.com

  6. Stephanie

    December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    This is amazing… I always envisioned fashion moving to the point where it would be a blending of …. boundaries.. it will only be a matter of time before someone decides to put together a show based on threads, odds and ends and make it their own..
    and a fashion mash-up… collaborations of your favorites… hmmm .. you have given me food for thought!

  7. Lula

    December 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    She looks awful! That dress is pretty wrong on her body and those shoes with it are atrocious! Oh Sartorialist, I sometimes wonder if you see anything unusual that you DON’T like…

  8. MstrdavidPOP

    December 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    the shoes are great, such a nice statement. As for Raf Simmons i’m wondering if he’ll bring a new flavor to Dior…exciting stuff, we’ll just have to wait and see!

  9. Ana Bergh

    December 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t get the mix…dare I say it? Ugly!

  10. Nai

    December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    She had me until I saw the sock and shoes. Otherwise, I love this!

  11. Wendy Carlos Williams

    December 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I myself would love to revive Maud Frizon!

  12. Alejandra

    December 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    J-P Gaultier at CHANEL would be great !!!

  13. J.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Uuuu, Rei for Chanel, that’s a good one! Actually, a GREAT one! I would love to see Raf at Hermes, I think it would be pretty awesome!

  14. Sash

    December 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Interesting how the Comme dress brings out cries of “ugly”. What a beautiful thing. Rei manages to polarizes, to have people’s emotions stirred. It’s not about perfect beauty, ever, with her. So I think Chanel isn’t her place to be. She’s best left free to think and do what she wants. She’s independent. Just like Chanel was her own woman. Let some of the less free thinking designers take over traditional houses.

  15. Bohemian Style

    December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The gold shoes are fun!

  16. Villy K

    December 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Love the outfit and the bag, but come on what`s up with the shoes?? Even if you just want to be comfortable on your way to work you can at least wear a nice pair of ballet shoes. I don`t like the look, but it goes well with your article!!!


  17. Alexander Asvarischtsch

    December 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Haider Achermann at any big house. As a young and hopeful menswear designer with a taste for twisted classics, with perfect fit, and the quality to match, i would love to try and give a house like Battistone in Rome a spin. a house with great history, the best craftsmen, a great potential to go more international, i really think they could have a alternative, and more fashion forward line.

  18. Ckeas

    December 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Check out Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” Ella e Cabiria!

  19. J Umm

    December 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    sometimes it good to see change in a fashion house, people thought largerfeld would destroy Chanel’s legacy, and look how well that’s turned out

  20. Bernadette

    December 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Change is good.
    But is this question allowed … what happens with John Galliano? I know he made some dreadful mistakes in this private life, but all his talent and masterful skills and such a ground breaker – I really hope he redeems himself and won’t be lost for good. B

  21. Cece

    December 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm


  22. RĂ­a

    December 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I love how she looks, but what I love the most is her belt.


  23. Isabel

    December 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Raf, Dries, Martin Margiela, … I like the fact that you name so many belgian designers in 1 post :). We’re on a good track!
    Isabel, a belgian girl.

  24. panjuice

    December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I suppose this is inspirational but some proportions are to be considered when sock n shoes are involved w below the knee length skirts .. Just sayin’

    Another vote for Rei @ Chanel !!

  25. localceleb

    December 13, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Fantastic choice of kicks!


  26. jati hidayat

    December 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    For Chanel: Ackermann (as Karl once said)
    For Armani: either Dries, Tomas Maier, or have different designers designing each of the sub brands ala Calvin Klein. In this scenario, I nominate again Ackerman for the women’s side and for the men’s, a more desperate situation in my view, they need to consider a younger, edgier talent with some connection to the minimalist school. Maybe Neil Barret.
    For Ferre: Hedi Slimane. The Ferre house is only remembered for it’s architectural style and it’s treatment of white shirts. That and the fact that the brand was huge in a kind of bourgeois way in the ’80s. Slimane would be perfect to simultaneously respect Ferre’s legacy and really shake it up.

  27. bn

    December 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    It;s hard to replace Margiela, if ever

  28. mikeijames

    December 14, 2011 at 1:57 am

    isn’t lvmh grooming phoebe philo for an eventual takeover of the house of hermes? derek lam could take her place at celine. i could see narciso rodriguez working wonders at the house of giorgio armani, but stefano pilati might find himself in the market for that opportunity as well. something tells me that john galliano could make a comeback splash at the house of ferre. ungaro has no hope it seems. and no one could replace uncle karl at chanel.

  29. Philippe Philippe

    December 14, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Magnifique contrast entre le chic et le sporty, WONDERFUL !!


  30. Beauty Follower

    December 14, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Great style. The flat shoes is a nice surprise!

  31. diaboliqueguan

    December 14, 2011 at 4:21 am

    many are afraid of telling the truth of this marriage. Raf Simons is a genius, I am a big fan, he is the only person so far who is carrying on what Helmut Lang left off. But a move to Dior is just not appropriate, in my opinion.

  32. Stills

    December 14, 2011 at 4:55 am

    Love her outfit! This bag is fabulous!


  33. serena

    December 14, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Actually, as interesting as Raf Simons at Dior could be, I really hoped they would choose Olivier Theyskens… I haven’t forgotten his last collection for Nina Ricci, and I think he could do marvelous things at the head of a couture house like Dior!

  34. MaĂ­ra

    December 14, 2011 at 5:33 am

    i think margiela is irreplaceable.
    regards from Brazil !

  35. annabella

    December 14, 2011 at 6:17 am

    She is adorable, real and emanates such a joy and confidence in her fashion choices….and can afford the best, so what’s not to like? I’m a ‘mixer’ too. She pulls it off.

    Personally i couldn’t do the Rei top, but I look at fashion like any other fine art to be appreciated…like and abtract painting. Don’t we all wish we had the vision to buy a Rothko (or insert name of fav) in the old days, when it was considered ‘wild’ and cheap?

    And dear Scott, I love reading and learning about all the above possibilities. I’ve always been in fashion, but as a relative novice in couture world, and the fact that you ARE ‘The Sartorialist’, would you please consider an ‘insiders’ tutorial on the ‘whos’ of the fashion A crowd, so us regular folk can follow along more easily? Perhaps a few words on your ideas of the whys and whats about your fantasy duos above…or any others you are conjuring.

    I, and perhaps some others of your readers, love to read and see the deatails you show& teach us. In reading your fantasy designer/house proposals, i felt kind of lost, and greatly want to understand why you like so&so for a certain house. I’m a good student, but on this, I am a little slow. Also, maybe you could suggest some additional background ‘homework’ reading for us fashion slackers, but eager students, that would be informative. I don’t just like the art of fashion, I love knowing the backstories from an ‘independent’ insider such as youreslf, on the designers and houses, the business, the behind the scenes.

    This is probably another book, but you can start here!

    Thanks for listening. And really enjoy too reading the clearly, in-the-know commenters .

    So many exciting mysteries !

  36. Hot Sales Blog

    December 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    These shoes are a bit ugly, but very original. Overall whole look is ok without shoes.

    ALREADY 300 POSTS -> under 1 week!

  37. Pearl

    December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Gosh. All this talk is making feel like we seriously need some new blood… As for taking over Margiela, that’s a honest-to-goodness toughie.

  38. Estelle

    December 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Haider Akermann for Chanel
    Maxime simoens for YSL

    Let’s welcome a new generation!

  39. Miren

    December 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I saw the same shoes at Zara !!

  40. Ian

    December 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I think it will be fantastic to see Raf at Dior, as you say it will shake things up and I imagine in a very positive way. It feels like a logical step for his career despite how out of character the match appears at first thought.


  41. LeA

    December 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

    white white! she let it snow :-P her red hair is an awesome difference to the white (…white white!) clothes. But shes a little bit tooooo small…


  42. Marcel Da Chump

    December 14, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Revive Ungaro, Cardin, or Margiela?! Miguel Androver. A mutual revival.

  43. Alessandro

    December 14, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I agree that Margiela is irreplaceable. But anybody could replace whoever is currently running the Maison.

  44. Johanna

    December 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’ve never been a fan of those kinds of shoes…although with a simple flat or heel the whole look could look too boring, which is maybe why you decided to photograph her?

    I’ve just stared a new style blog here in Stockholm, Sweden, and would appreciate if you all took a look! http://www.johannasthlm.blogspot.com

  45. James Gerrard

    December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Rei at Chanel, that would be amazing. If Lagerfeld does have the last say, it could work and he is so open to everything in my eyes. Then again, I think if Haider Ackermann were to take over that would be amazing too.

    Fashion is changing markets now, focusing more on the East. I think we are going to start seeing a lot more unusual choices coming through, so Raf at Dior may have been impossible 12 months ago but now we are starting to evolve and take larger risks.


  46. Angela in Victoria

    December 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

    She is very pretty in a fresh way, but I’m afraid this visual overload overwhelms her purity. I don’t think all the designers she’s wearing would like being in such a mixed salad.

  47. Carole (NY etc.)

    December 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    OH this is interesting and a statement, but unfortunately I don’t like the bling of the belt and purse. I shouldn’t say that because I don’t like when people leave comments to say they don’t like something. I like the game of musical chairs with the fashion houses. It is always a fun game. I miss Yves Saint Laurent though.

  48. Valentina

    December 14, 2011 at 11:50 am

    and the shoes are from zara…

  49. anonymous

    December 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I like John Galliano. Period.

  50. Name*

    December 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    She looks adorable, and the proportions flatter her petite, curvy shape.
    I don’t know…for some reason I don’t WANT anyone other then KL at Chanel.

  51. Marco

    December 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    @Wendy Carlos You already revived Ludwig Van Beethoven

  52. Naoko

    December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    My dream combos would be:
    *Vivienne at Dior
    *Dries at Hermes (yes I totally agree with you)
    *Jack & Lazaro (Proenza Schoeler) at Cardin
    *Junya at Chanel
    *Giambattista at Ungaro
    *Rei at Margiela
    *Patrick (Robinson) at Armani
    *Haider at Ferre

  53. RYEP

    December 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Eco-fashion at its best!

  54. Svenja

    December 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    her outfit is so special and so great!


  55. Carthy

    December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Ghesquiere at Chanel.

  56. Guy

    December 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Raf at Dior?! From excess to minimalism. That will be an incredible change for the Galliano-inclined Dior customer. And that’s putting it mildly.

  57. Nuria

    December 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Her style is very innovative and trendsetting. I think mixing designers and styles together brings out your personality and true self. This lady demonstrates to the world that you can be high fashion and comfortable at the same time. Her style tells us that you can mix form and function. I love her belt especially. Great photograph!

  58. ninichissima

    December 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    a bit like Star Wars but I don’t know what I like more here: maybe the creativity and courage the most

  59. poppykettle

    December 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    As a lover of wearing flats – I have to say how refreshing I find it to see someone so avant garde-ly dressed & wearing flats. Heels look lovely yes, but flats are so practical. And comfortable. This outfit almost HAS to be worn with flats, if only to keep the pattern. She looks odd, but great at the same time.

  60. William

    December 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hedi Slimane, Narciso or Jason Wu would all be good choices at Armani. At Chanel, I love the idea of Carine Roitfeld. I think at Hermes the former Men’s designer at Louis Vuittion.

  61. [email protected]

    December 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I have such a hard time thinking of anyone to fill Galliano’s shoes. Will be interesting to see if this does happen and what he comes up with.

  62. mr. john

    December 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I’m sorry but to me her decision on footwear is a little too silly for me. mr. john

  63. madeline

    December 15, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I don’t like it at all. It’s very interesting, sure, but those awkward loops hanging at the side look like they were supposed to be sleeve holes or something. It’s just…odd. She’s beautiful and has a great body, and this outfit just doesn’t seem to accentuate it.

  64. Claire

    December 15, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Ackermann @ Chanel.
    Jean-Paul Gaultier @ Yves Saint Laurent.
    Vivienne Westwood @ Dior for a few years.
    Galliano @ Galliano (maybe a return to Dior after Westwood is done).
    Jil Sander or Raf Simons @ Armani.
    Phoebe Philo @ Ferre.

  65. enhanced diamonds

    December 15, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Lots of changes at the big fashion houses!

  66. crazy BEAUTIFUL

    December 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Lo Ășnico que pido… Lindsay Lohan mantente lejos (MUY lejos) de Ungaro porfavor!!!!! todavĂ­a no entiendo en que estaban pensando cuando la nombraron asesora artĂ­stica, como tan mal gusto, tanta ordinariez!!??
    Aparte, creo que Raf SImons tiene el pelo sucio en esa foto. Asi no se puede.
    Ah, y a Karl Lagerfeld nadie lo puede reemplazar.

  67. Katherine

    December 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Raf, Dries, Martin, … bravo les Belges!! you are the best.

  68. beau

    December 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    definitely not an elegant look….

  69. bee

    December 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    She looks like a woman straight out of a Fellini film!

  70. Viva

    December 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    “she pulls it off” – seriously?!?!?
    to me this is proof that even the most beautiful women can NOT make hideous clothes shine… beautiful she is, stripped of that ensemble, or dressed in another.

  71. Sarah

    December 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I like her fashion style. Strong woman who can actually move in her shoes, instead of crippling heels. However, the footie socks kill the shoes. Perhaps some interesting tights would have been a better choice. Also, she needs a hairstyle, maybe an upsweep or something dramatic to suit the strong statement of the dress.

  72. roelien

    December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

    there is a paradox in talented designers lending their names to established fashionhouses. in the cases of couturehouses that survive through massive branding (chanel, hermĂšs, dior and maybe givenchy) i get the financial arguments to do so: all that craftmanship that continues to find a new public every so often.
    but in a way it’s selling your soul.
    what’s wrong with dries at dries van noten? i sincerely hope he’ll never ever succumb to the lure of a name like hermĂšs! he is unique and just fine as he is, and well capable of designing beautiful products as himself.
    why keep ‘houses’ from the 60′s and 70′s alive when there are so many opportunities to build new, original ones? what is the point? too often the soul and signature of a company leaves along with the original name-giver: think margiela, mcqueen etc.
    chanel the designer stood for things that are lightyears away from what karl lagerfeld comes up with in her name (no matter how special that can be). the work of say miuccia prada and phoebe philo is much more in her spirit, but, again, why should they be the new designer at chanel? prada has her own business, and philo should really get her own.

    so should raf simons. he is great, but frankly i don’t see the connection between him and christian dior (remember?). he did a great job at jil sander. (another paradox: jil sander not being able to use her own name after being kicked out of her company by prada? and what will happen to galliano, should he ever want to start over?)
    i’m against this branding game. give everyone their own space and chance.

  73. Aida

    December 17, 2011 at 8:04 am

    have that shoes. love the look!

  74. jill

    December 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    those shoes were $80 at Zara a few months ago.
    i bought a pair then saw a photo of Garance wearing them on her bike.

  75. lili

    December 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Zara shoes, i love them!!!

  76. diaboliqueguan

    December 18, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Let’s not forget other great Belgians.. Lucas Ossendrijver @Lanvin Homme, Kris Van Assche @Dior Homme, the ever successful Ann Demeulemeester, the innovative Walter Van Bierendonck, and many more… still Raf Simons’ my fav.

  77. cakenicecream

    December 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I think she looks great!

  78. Oliver

    December 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    i love the idea of Dries at Hermes…they certainly need all the help they can get (in the RTW department).


  79. Name*

    December 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Rei at Channel would be a nightmare. It would destroy both. Chanel is about pretty things well made. Rei is about interesting but ugly things that can be made beautiful. All your pairings would do is to neutralize talent, and water down established brands. I don’t see the benefit.

  80. Name*

    December 19, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    I don’t understand the big problem about John Galliano. If its antisemitism that is so worrying, then I can say that Obama and his blatant disrespect for Israel makes me angry as Jewish person, but Galliano running his mouth when drunk does not. He is actually worth something as a designer. Let him design. Who is his punishment supposed to appease?


    December 27, 2011 at 1:15 am

    What an interesting issue you raised here! I would never think of Rei Kawakubo at Chanel! Who would we dare to stamp its face at Mugler?!

  82. bella

    January 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

    ick… i simply don’t get it. there isn’t anything flattering about what she is wearing. she looks great from the neck up, though.

  83. David A.

    January 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I love the last point that you brought up. At the moment (and for some time) Maison Martin Margiela has been my favorite house, and the real essence of said house left a while ago along with Mr. Margiela. I have been waiting a long time for a revival or maybe some sliver of hope in me has held out for the possibility of Martin Margiela’s return to his label. What I loved most about the house was the designer himself and the amount of mystery he surrounded himself and his clothing with. And I know for sure that every brand would love to have Hedi Slimane at the helm, but will he ever return to the realm of design? I guess only time can tell.

  84. MeganMarie

    July 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    No offense, but this outfit looks like she broke her left arm and stitched her arm brace to her dress. Plus the random fabric flapping against her neckline is strongly misplaced and distracting to what they dress might of had to offer. not a good look by any means.

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