After what feels like an endless series of speculations, rumors, and shake-ups (as well as some high-profile goose chases and a few poorly-received collections by interim designer Bill Gaytten), Christian Dior has finally announced who will follow disgraced former creative director John Galliano.

The position goes to Raf Simons, the talented Belgian designer unceremoniously dismissed from his slot at Jil Sander in February (which, of course, stoked the Dior rumor fires). Cathy Horyn has the full story, but here’s a taste of Simons’ perspective on couture:

“I’m not one of those people who would say, ‘Ah, couture makes no sense anymore because everything today should be accessible.’ Clearly there is an interest from people in this level of creativity.” And because haute couture has few limits, it is already provocative, he said, “considering what has happened in the last 10 years, with fashion becoming more mass-produced.”

With Raf at Dior and Hedi Slimane at the helm of Yves Saint Laurent, we are very excited for the upcoming Paris collections. The world waits/braces for Galliano’s next move.