"Raf Simonsto leave Jil Sander. Show on Saturday to be his last." So Tweeted New York Times critic Cathy Horyn this morning at 8:53. By 9:04, the official statement was out and Horyn's post was up: Simons, the popular and critically acclaimed Jil Sander designer would leave the house on Monday, just after presenting the fall Jil Sander women's wear collection. This breaking news bombshell has already spawned to two parallel lines of speculation: that Simons is leaving to take the top job at Christian Dior, and that Jil Sander — the German who founded, built, sold, was fired from, returned to, and was again fired from her namesake line (after giving up a controlling stake to Prada) — might return to lead the house that bears her name a third time. It's a triple-whammy fashion job-go-round rumor, friends! Simons' name has been bandied about with regard to Dior (which memorably lost its longtime creative director John "I love Hitler" Galliano almost exactly one year ago, after he was filmed berating strangers in a Paris café with a racist tirade) since December. The Jil rumor has been reported by the German celebrity magazine Gala and by the British Telegraph; the label is no longer owned by Prada, whose C.E.O. Patrizio Bertelli Sander so famously clashed with. Sander also returned to the world of fashion via a multi-year collaboration with the Japanese mass retailer Uniqlo. Her recently ended line there was well-received. Simons, if he is in fact going to Dior, would be a marked departure from Galliano's theatrical aesthetic: his clothing for Jil Sander has been minimalist, but feminine. Dior collections produced under the supervision of Bill Gaytten, Galliano's former studio head, have been pretty poorly received (but the house says they have sold well). [@CathyHorynNYT, On The Runway, Telegraph]
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