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Raf Simons Leaves Dior

In case you haven’t heard this week’s big fashion news, Raf Simons and Dior are parting ways.

Simons will leave the brand after three years at the helm, during which he brought a modernist aesthetic to the storied French house.

According to WWD, Dior said designer is leaving because of personal reasons and that his last show, for spring/summer 2016 in Paris earlier this month, will have been his last for the brand.

Which begs the question: who next to head-up Dior?

The fashion world is abuzz with speculation. Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy? Christopher Kane? Joseph Altuzarra? Even a return from John Galliano to the job has been suggested.

There’s been a trend of late to appoint talented young designers to the top of heritage brands (Jonathan Anderson as Loewe; Alessandro Michele at Gucci), so some say Alber Elbaz, who has just parted ways with Lanvin after a stellar 14-year tenure.

A designer of that seniority would make sense, especially since he is said to have been approach to take over from Galliano after he was expelled for drunken anti-semitic comments in 2011.

In any event, there are two big jobs up for grabs in Paris, which means another round of designer musical chairs in the months to come.