Today’s Christian Dior couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection has drawn a mix of reactions – some good, some not so spectacular. As you may know, it is the first collection since former creative director Raf Simons left the house this past October. On the heels of Simons's departure after roughly three years, the house announced that it would rely on its in-house design team to oversee all collections until a replacement for Simons is named, which could take up to a year or so. However, as of this weekend, celebrated journalist and critic Suzy Menkes named two names: Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier. The two Swiss designers were reportedly responsible for the collection.
Per Menkes: “Serge Ruffieux (above, wearing scarf), 41, born near Geneva in 1974, joined Dior in 2008 during the John Galliano years and became head designer in 2012 when Raf Simons was chosen as artistic director.” Per Ruffieux’s LinkedIn account, he has served as the head designer of haute couture and women’s ready-to-wear beginning in 2008. Prior to which he spent time at Moschino (from 1998 to 2002) and Sonia Rykiel (from 2002-2007).
Lucie Meier (above, wearing orange skirt), who Menkes notes was “born in Zermatt in 1983, was head-hunted by Dior after five years with Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, followed by a period at Balenciaga with Nicolas Ghesquière.” Her LinkedIn account states that she has served as a Head Designer Haute Couture and Ready to wear for Dior beginning in July 2014, prior to which she served as a Head Designer Show collection and Senior Designer Show Collection for Balenciaga.
Menkes notes: “Both designers – and especially Ruffieux, have impeccable credentials and a current skill set that encompasses haute couture. The question is whether they will confirm a recent trend for finding talent in-house, or be seen merely as a stop-gap until a high profile designer can be lured to the house.”