People hot and bothered by Derek Blasberg's tweet that someone — devoid of name or association, mind you — backstage at the Katy Perry concert told him Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci would take over design for Dior following John Galliano's dismissal may have reason to cool their hot flashes. Suzy Menkes did a little more investigating — but at Marc Jacobs's fall 2011 Louis Vuitton show this morning, not at a pop garbage concert:
“No!” said [Jacobs] backstage, when asked if he had John Galliano’s former position in mind. He then added: “I haven’t been asked.”
Bernard Arnault, chairman and founder of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, seated front row, said no decision had been made about Mr Galliano’s replacement. “We’re thinking,” he said.
People close to LVMH who chose not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the subject say Mr. Jacobs is a possible candidate, but he does the Vuitton thing so well that it would be a risk to move him.
And LVMH may not even be able to announce a replacement until Galliano's contract is officially terminated — but it's not like that or Menkes's report are likely to quiet the very aggressive rumors surrounding the situation. Over at the Hint blog, which thrives on rumors, is a report from "a highly credible source" (also devoid of affiliation) that Tisci has signed his Dior contract already.
Times critic Cathy Horyn is tiring of the gossip, noting that "as usual, the people doing the speculating don’t have enough information." She dismisses the possibility that Haider Ackermann would land Galliano's old job by using her old friend's expertise and logic:
On Tuesday morning at the Chanel show in the Grand Palais, Haider Ackermann’s arrival drew notice. Designers are often invited to shows, but Mr. Ackermann is being mentioned as a possible choice for Dior. This suggestion completely flies in the face of the realities of big brands, and instead of dealing with the issue of pressures within these companies, it serves to throw another unprepared designer into that situation.
So it's like we said once before: If we tell you a "source close to the situation" says Louboutins will rain from the sky tomorrow at 7 a.m., are you really going to get out of bed and stick your laundry basket out the window to try to catch them?