In these troubled times, one would imagine that fashion designers' days consist of being relentlessly wooed by/fending off approaches from various lugggg-shury conglomerates, right? Apparently not. Top fashion totty, Louis Vuitton Creative Director Marc Jacobs has rather huffily admitted that he has not even been approached to replace John Galliano at Dior. Suzy Menkes reports in the International Herald Tribute "'No!' said [Jacobs] backstage, when asked if he had John Galliano’s former position in mind. He then added: 'I haven’t been asked.'"
Of course, this is a huge compliment to Jacobs' phenomenal work at Vuitton (which is also in the LVMH stable, alongside Dior and Givenchy), if it ain't broke (and it's raking in £1.89bn a year), why fix it?
In that regard, many fashion insiders have commented on the fact that the current goth-romance incarnation of Givenchy, under (rumoured next Dior designer) Riccardo Tisci is once again, one of the most lusted-after labels on the planet - possibly for the first time since John Galliano or Hubert de Givenchy himself were still at the helm - so it seems a shame to pull Tisci from the house just when its troubled years are finally behind it.
But Dior has always been the flagship label in the LVMH portfolio, with many more lines to the brand - from kidswear to jewellery, and clearly, where there is a crisis to be averted, a bit of love from the fashion industry for man-of-the-moment Tisci will go a very long way.
Anyway, we get Marc's mini-huff, but we still don't think his passing over for the top job is as poignant as this.