Last week, Marc Jacobs seemed to be only a few awkward dinner parties away from confirming his appointment at Dior, but today British Vogue reports that LVMH would rather keep him at Louis Vuitton, as many insiders suspected from the start. From their post:
"For Dior, it's a pretty tricky situation, as the three favourites really can't take the job," a source close to LVMH told us. "Haider Ackermann is said to be 'way too edgy' for Dior; Marc Jacobs wanted the job a lot, but LVMH wants him to stick with Vuitton; and Riccardo Tisci simply refused, saying that he was feeling more than comfortable with the job at Givenchy. So nobody's taking over so far."
Meanwhile, the same unnamed source says that Alexander Wang's hat is now in the ring. This seems far-fetched for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Wang has never attempted anything even close to couture. What's more, he probably wouldn't even want the job, considering he's currently making a killing with his surefire formula of slouchy streetwear. (Also, if Ackermann is "way too edgy" for Dior, per this source, then what does that make Wang?) Jacobs lacks couture experience as well, but many critics believe that he's ready to attempt it, particularly after his latest collection. And finally, it's doubtful that LVMH would allow rumors to spread about negotiations between Dior and Jacobs if they wanted to keep him at Vuitton all along. In short, he's still the most likely candidate.
The Job No One Wants? [Vogue UK]