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After a few weeks of rumors, Dior has finally announced a replacement for Raf Simons, who dramatically exited the house back in October. Maria Grazia Chiuri, former joint creative director of Valentino, will be stepping in Simons’ place as the house’s new artistic director. Chiuri is Dior’s seventh director, and the first female to lead the house.

“She’s very straightforward and a direct person and so, frankly, the first time I met her, I knew that she was the one,” Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive told BoF“We were talking about the vision of the woman of today, of tomorrow, of the young generation. The woman in different occasions — when she works, when she is shopping, when she is going for a cocktail or dinner. She has a global experience and big intuition, at the same time she is really pragmatic and the way she talks about it, it is very clear,” he added.

Raf Simons’ long-rumored appointment at Calvin Klein has still yet to be confirmed, although most people believe it will be officially announced this month.

For more fashion news, check out Our Legacy’s recently-unveiled SS17 collection.

Words by Alec Leach
Digital Fashion Editor

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin, where he leads Highsnobiety's digital fashion content.

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