22 August 2011

Ten days ago Grazia Daily brought you the news that rumours were swirly in the fashion industry that Marc Jacobs was being considered for the top job at Dior, to replace John Galliano after allegations of racist and anti-Semitic outbursts saw him ousted from the fashion house in March. Back then, there where whispers that Marc had been in recent talks with LVMH boss Bernard Arnault to discuss the possibility of overseeing both Louis Vuitton AND Christian Dior.

Well, this afternoon brings an interesting new development, as industry bible WWD suddenly seems to be reporting on this story, under the headline "Marc Jacobs to Dior? Talks Get Serious," claiming that a source has confirmed that Marc is indeed being considered for the Dior role.

But not only that, the story also claims that Phoebe Philo, currently head designer at LVMH stablemate Celine, "could be first in line to succeed Jacobs at Vuitton", as well as continuing her work at Celine, claiming she has already been in talks and is “intrigued”. There's no doubt Philo's pared-down luxe could work very well at Louis Vuitton, and Dior would be a great match for Jacobs' distinctive brand of dramatic elegance and showmanship.

Meanwhile, WWD has also narrowed down the field of other possible Dior contenders, claiming that according to a "source" Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Haider Ackermann and Hedi Slimane were all approached for the top job, although Elbaz and Ghesquière, "both of whom have equity stakes in their fashion houses and strong personal commitments to their brands, have withdrawn themselves from the running", while Burton declined to enter the race at all. Talks with Ackermann and Slimane meanwhile "did not end in an agreement".

The court will deliver its ruling on Galliano's hearing on September 8th. Dior executives have said they will take all the time they need to find a new designer, and consider all options.

Do you think Marc Jacobs would be a good designer for Dior? Would Phoebe Philo work at Louis Vuitton?


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