Mid-way into New York fashion week and the usual cast of characters, ADR, Anna Wintour, Susie Bubble, Franca Sozzani et al, get to practice their two favourite hobbies – dressing up in all their finery and gossiping about the industry! This season’s hot topic is, of course, the situation in Paris, and whether or not Marc Jacobs will take over at Christian Dior, where it’s now gone up to a whole season since the beleaguered John Galliano was given his marching orders by LVMH and arrested for racist behaviour by the French police on the same day.
So the job is Marc’s in all but name if Anna Dello Russo is to be believed, but there are rumblings that all is not roses quite yet at Luxury Conglomerate Towers, because Marc and his silver fox business partner, Robert Duffy, (above with Elle Fanning) are angling for sooooo much more money that it’s reaching a bit of an impasse. NY Magazine reports that ‘for Jacobs, the Dior job would be substantially more work — with two couture collections and pre-collections on top of ready-to-wear — than what he's got at Louis Vuitton. Not to mention the mental and emotional drain of taking Galliano's old job at one of the most important fashion houses ever, which ought to warrant a nice pay increase, even if the duo is already one of the best paid in fashion today. And even if it's hard to imagine anyone disliking what Jacobs does for Dior, which, again, has to be worth some good extra bones.’
Extra bones? Extra gold-plated, no, make that SOLID GOLD private jets, more like. (Or would that sink?) Anyway, it looks like even Marc Jacob’s cute dogs will have butlers with private jets of their own by the time the matter gets sorted satisfactorily.
- Naomi Attwood