The never-ending designer musical chairs is all anyone can talk — and tweet — about this Milan Fashion Week. First came the news that Raf Simons is leaving his position as Creative Director at Jil Sander, cemented by an emotional farewell during his final show this weekend. Earlier today, Yves Saint Laurent confirmed Stefano Pilati will be ending his tenure at the brand, with the possibility of Hedi Slimane taking his place. And now the rumour mill has thrown another name into the mix: Christopher Kane.
In her column for the International Herald Tribune, Suzy Menkes addresses the current 'firestorm' buzzing through cybersphere and reminds us of those Dior rumours. 'The drama that started almost exactly a year ago with the breakdown and departure of John Galliano from Dior has spread across the fashion universe,' she notes.
The respected fashion writer goes onto talk about the successful collaboration between Donatella Versace and Christopher Kane, but asks 'what if — as the rumor mill claims — Mr. Kane has been put up for the Dior job?' Oooh. His whimiscal designs would certainly suit the French fashion house's fantastical femininity, from gingham to his current collection of floral confections.
Back in August 2011, Cathy Horyn mused that Kane 'needs a bigger stage for his imaginative fashion. Just about everyone in the business is curious to see what he does each season. And working with Donatella Versace has enlarged his understanding of big brands' — so could the Scot be the man for the job?
At the British Fashion Awards in December, Grazia Daily asked the London-based designer, who showed his Autumn Winter 2012 collection last week, who he'd like to see stepping into John Galliano's shoes at Dior. 'I don’t want to say,' he told us. 'It’s such a hard place to fill and John Galliano was such an amazing designer, so we’ll see.'
We will indeed — and as ever, Grazia Daily will be watching...