Monday, 22 August 2011

After Galliano: Another Name In The Dior Hat.....





The rumour mill keeps on turning about who will succeed Galliano as creative director at Dior, and today WWD have added Marc Jacobs into the mix as hot favourite - move over Christian Lacroix, Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Peter Copping of Nina RicciSarah Burton of McQueen, Alber Elbaz of LanvinKeren Craig of Marchesa and Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci
Women's Wear Daily writes that LVMH chairman and CEO, Bernard Arnault, has been in talks with Jacobs to replace Galliano, who was fired after his drunken, anti-Semitic rant, which not only cost him his job, but his reputation (not that it stopped Kate Moss from asking her long-time friend to design her wedding dress). If Jacobs does make the move to Dior, this could mean a re-shuffle internally, with his role as creative director at Louis Vuitton potentially going to Phoebe Philo - currently CD of Celine, another label under the LVMH umbrella. 
Personally, I think it would be a step in the right direction for LVMH to move away from Arnault's signature strategy of using big, bankable and well connected names in the fashion world. How about considering other talented designers, who aren't necessarily a huge "name", but they have the creativity, artistic vision and design aesthetic of Dior to move the fashion house forward in the same way Galliano did when he replaced Gianfranco Ferré in 1996. So here are my choices...
Alexander Wang, Olivier Theyskens, Haider Ackermann (Karl Lagerfeld once said he would hand Chanel over to him), Hedi Slimane, former Dior Homme designer and our very own Christopher Kane. After all, it was Bernard Arnault who once famously said of Galliano, "he is a genius – what he will do for Dior tomorrow is what Christian Dior would have done himself”’. The same could be said of those designers I'm throwing into that hat!
In the meantime, both Jacobs and Dior are keeping schtum, but sources have told WWD that talks between the American designer’s legal reps and the fashion house are expected to be finalised in Paris this week. 
Watch this space....

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