Marc Jacobs seems to be the latest front-runner to succeed John Galliano at Christian Dior. Can you see him there? Cathy Horyn can:
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? With few exceptions, the strategy of Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH, has been to load up his brands with big, bankable stars, and there are not many of them available.
She offers three suggestions for Galliano's replacement, none of which have been discussed much in the reports surrounding who The One will be. They include one of her favorites, Jil Sander designer Raf Simons, who "helped juice up the market with color" and "knows how to build a design team — no small thing today"; Mugler womenswear designer Sébastien Peigné, who worked at Balenciaga for eight years, "seems disciplined," and "knows what’s young and modern"; and Christopher Kane, who "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.
New Names in the Dior Hat [On the Runway/NYT]