Christian Dior SS'16 runway set
The setting for Raf Simons final collection for Christian Dior, October 2nd, 2015REUTERS/ Charles Platiau

There has been increased speculation on as to who will step in as creative director at Dior following Raf Simons' shock resignation on 22 October.

The French luxury brand has fuelled the fire once more, announcing that we will have to wait a while to find out the new chief as there will be no official replacement for their next two collections.

Simons announced his departure from the brand a few short weeks after his spectacular SS'16 show, which featured a set made from more than 300,000 delphiniums as well as a vast 51-look collection. The Belgian designer stated at the time that he was leaving to "focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work".

Simons joined Dior in April 2012 as the permanent replacement for John Galliano, who was dismissed in 2011.

It has now been confirmed that the current in-house studio team will design the forthcoming Spring '15 haute couture and autumn/winter '16 ready-to-wear collections.

The move varies from the actions they took when Galliano left. Back in 2011, Dior announced the appointment of Bill Gaytten, who had worked with Galliano for 23 years, as a temporary creative director.