Raf Simons Leaving Jil Sander; Is He Headed for Dior?

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Raf Simons.

Milan Fashion Week just got a shot of intrigue, as fashion's revolving door continues to spin.

Raf Simons, who’s been at the helm of Jil Sander since 2005, will present his last show for the house on Saturday in Milan, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting. Of course, Simons, along with Marc Jacobs and Riccardo Tisci, has been one names floated as John Galliano’s replacement at Christian Dior. Earlier this year, Jacobs denied that he’d be leaving Louis Vuitton, and Tisci has been silent on the topic for months. Meanwhile, back in December, WWD claimed that Dior was close to a deal with Simons. Does this mean that the Belgian designer could be headed for 30 Avenue Montaigne?

While there's no word from Dior yet, Jil Sander released the following statement this morning: "Jil Sander Group and Raf Simons agreed that the designer will step down from his position as of 27th February 2012. Raf Simons was appointed Jil Sander Creative Director on the 1st of July 2005 with his first collection being Men's Fall/Winter 2006. The Women's Fall/Winter 2012 collection will be his last for the company. Jil Sander thanks Raf Simons for his dedicated commitment to the brand, throughout these years, and wishes him the very best for the future."

To make things even more exciting for minimalist fashion lovers, rumor has it that Sander herself may be returning to the label that bears her name. She has been relatively inactive on the scene since ceasing her +J line for Uniqlo last year. One thing is for sure: all eyes will be on Simons and his final lineup this weekend.