Dior-Marc Jacobs Talks Falling Through
Nov 11, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
At the glacial pace Bernard Arnault and co. are moving to replace John Galliano at Christian Dior, the ousted designer will have time to finish rehab, mount a comeback, and muck it all up again in another drunken, anti-Semitic tirade. The luxury brand has been in talks with Marc Jacobs for months, which have been less than smooth, but now it seems that Jacobs and Dior might be calling it quits.
The caveat that broke the camel's back was Jacobs' insistence on taking his Louis Vuitton team with him to Dior, leaving Vuitton -- LVMH's cash cow -- without a heel to stand on. To make matters worse, Arnault had wanted Céline's Phoebe Philo to replace Marc at Vuitton should he move to Dior, but Philo is happy where she is -- outfitting Kanye West in billowy blouses.
So with Jacobs more or less off the table, LVMH has reportedly approached Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Jil Sander's Raf Simons; though out of the three Simons would seem the most likely choice, that is unless Dior plans on eschewing breathtaking gowns and impeccably-crafted ladysuits for sweatpants and cocktail dresses.
Then there is Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, whose name has been bandied about since Gallianogate got into full swing. But he -- along with Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton and Balenciaga's Nicolas Ghesquière -- has turned down the Dior deal, citing brand loyalty.
So the question still remains -- and frankly, the question is getting really tiresome -- who will take the reins at Christian Dior? However, by the time someone is announced, the question might be, who the hell cares? [WWD]