He had a hit documentary film made about his work (“Dior and I”), dominated the red carpet by dressing nearly ever celebrity on the planet, nabbed Rihanna to be the face of the brand and staged runway shows with so many fresh flower blooms, they crashed the floral market in Europe.
But it wasn’t enough to keep Raf Simons at the house of Dior.
On Thursday, Christian Dior Couture and Simons announced that after 3 1/2 years as creative director of women’s collections, he will not renew his contract with the luxury label. The spring 2016 collection Simons presented Oct. 2 during Paris Fashion Week will be his last for the house.
“It is a...