Could Riccardo Tisci together with Carine Roitfeld as his stylist be the ticket to take over at haute couture house Christian Dior? Yes, according to Fashionologie. Fashion pundits favour him as his boss is already Bernard Arnault of LVMH therefore there would have to be less contractual wranglings than would be involved in a "poaching" job from another group. Tisci spoke rather enigmatically to the press after his Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci show yesterday saying 'I felt this was a strong, positive season. And I'm happy at Givenchy.'
The decision has not been finalised though clearly, as another favourite, Haider Ackermann, has also reportedly received a bit of attention from the luxury conglomerate. He said ‘Yeah, there are places that I would like to go [design for], but it's just a question of . . . it's like a love affair, you just have to meet the right person, look together in the same direction. But, you know, you have a repertoire of your own, and sometimes, [you're] thinking you would like something else to express, and the code of another house might help. I don't know . . . we'll see, we'll see.’
Oh – and one more thing. Alber Elbaz – designer at luscious Lanvin is apparently LESS likely to take up the reins, as according to WWD, he ‘remains under contract to Lanvin. He’s believed to have equity, and is said to be, for the moment, at least, not interested in leaving.’ Hmmm. Equity shmequity, in our opinion, LVMH, who have more money than GOD – and also stand to lose huge amounts should they hire a designer who is not up to the job, would be unlikely to let contractual issues affect them if they had their heart set on a particular candidate. But that's just us.
- Naomi Attwood