#1: He has a long history at Dior.
Ruffieux held the position of head designer of the women’s ready-to-wear and haute couture studios for nearly a decade at the French fashion house. He was also the co-creative director alongside Lucie Meier in the interim, i.e. after Raf Simons’ departure and before Maria Grazia Chiuri’s arrival.
#2: He’s had stints at other fashion houses too.
Before Dior, Ruffieux started out at Moschino Cheap and Chic before advancing to the role of the late French designer Sonia Rykiel‘s right-hand man at her namesake label, after which he joined Dior in 2008.
#3: His designs have a youthful, romantic aesthetic.
The interim Fall 2016, Resort 2017, and Fall and Spring 2016 Haute Couture collections that Ruffieux created alongside Meier was noted for injecting a younger spirit to Dior. Carven CEO Sophie de Rougemont also stated that Ruffieux’s “innate sense of modernity” will be welcome at the French label.
#4: This is the first time he is stepping into the spotlight on his own.
The 42-year-old is holding the title of creative director on his own for the very first time. Once his appointment at Carven officially starts on February 1, he will oversee all ready-to-wear and accessories, and his first collection for the French fashion house will debut for Resort 2018.
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