If not Marc Jacobs, WHO ELSE could be in the frame at Dior?

23 August 2011

Raf Simons's A/W '11 collection for Jil Sander

So as the Marc Jacobs for Dior *giant question mark* rumours gathers credibility, Cathy Horyn of the New York Times, mulls over this possibility and presents this verdict; ‘I am not at all surprised LVMH executives are talking to Marc Jacobs about moving from Louis Vuitton to Dior, as Women’s Wear Daily reported today. Not to disparage Mr. Jacobs’s talents, but where else can they look?’ Would anything surprise Cathy Horyn? (she is too cool for school that one)

Not begrudging her readers a fulsome opinion piece though, she set out her stall with some less obvious choices that front runners up to this point. Good thinking Ms Horyn. She fancies the chances of Raf Simons, who’s turned around Jil Sander and made into a real Milan highlight, whereas once it was tasteful but not necessarily groundbreaking minimalist workwear. What with his amazing digital floral explosions, block colour floor-weeping maxi dresses and mega pelmets, he’s now hitting his own womenswear stride, and piquing the editors’ interest anew.

Mugler A/W '11

Also, Horyn begs we consider Mugler womenswear designer, Sébastien Peigné, handpicked by Nicola Formichetti to put his ideas for the futuristic French house into reality after a long apprenticeship at Balenciaga. His boxy-shouldered jackets, mesh corsets and swishy ‘80’s trails of chiffon demonstrate, as Horyn puts it, that Peigne  ‘knows what’s young and modern’ (!!!)

Christopher Kane's last wonderment

And, most THRILLING of all, East London’s very own Christopher Kane! We would LOVE to see what the Scottish master of neon surprises would do with France's most venerated heritage brand. According to Cathy Horyn, Mr Kane ‘needs a bigger stage for his imaginative fashion,’ and understands big labels better now that he's working at Versace designing that label's Versus line.

Oh WOULD THAT IT BE TRUE! *fingers and toes plaited*

- Naomi Attwood



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