TITLE: Artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections.
COMPANY: Christian Dior
NOMINATED FOR: Simons brought a lot of emotions to the fashion stage, from a tearful farewell after seven years as creative director at Jil Sander, to being crowned Dior’s sixth couturier.
The acclaimed Belgian designer, who initially came on to the international radar as a maker of edgy men’s wear infused with youthful angst, made his debut at Dior during the July couture, dazzling the fashion pack with his setting: five rooms at a sprawling townhouse wallpapered with a million fresh flowers. The audience was impressive, too: chockablock with designers including Alber Elbaz, Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Olivier Theyskens and Riccardo Tisci. And the sleek clothes, neon makeup and Aphex Twin soundtrack signaled a more modernist and energetic direction for the august house.
“I love minimalism. There will often be that kind of aesthetic; that kind of concept will be very often a part of my world. But it’s not the only thing that I’m interested in,” he said during a preview of his spring ready-to-wear collection, paraded in a giant white tent at the foot of Invalides in Paris. “I think it’s interesting to bring part [of minimalism] into the world of Dior, but I also want to make it very sensual and sexual and very free. Liberated is probably the most important message.”