There's a difference between saying this is Simons' doing vs it's his employer's (Dior's) doing, so until your last post, I don't think you made that clear. The fact is, in a non-Galliano scenerio, designers taking over the helm simply do not declare the predecessor's work as irrelevant. I still don't agree with you even after I understand what you're saying. As for preference, of course every designer will prefer his own work over another's. But in terms of your theory on "pleasing" his employer - I don't believe Dior continues to want that kind of attention. They've erased Galliano from the Dior website - but is there a note declaring Galliano to be irrelevant? No, there isn't. And Simons' first collection for the house also does not reference Galliano's work (unlike Gaytten's). The house's strategy is more subtle. They simply don't talk about Galliano; Galliano didn't exist. Simons' comment was more blatant; it is direct contrast with the efforts that the house has shown. So to me, this was Simons' ego talking, not Dior.