Just as another name gets thrown into the Dior pot, so CEO Sidney Toledano reveals they “will have news in the next few weeks” confirming Galliano’s replacement.
Earlier this week, Erdem was suggested to be fit for the job by Colin McDowell, who wrote a letter to Toledano recommending him for the role, but he’s not the only young designer to be tipped for a chance – Alexander Wang has also ended up in the hiring line.
Industry insiders reported Wang is being considered to take the helm at Dior after the main three contenders were all ruled out of the running.
“For Dior, it’s a pretty tricky situation, as the three favourites really can’t take the job,” a source close to LVMH said. “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.”
Alexander Wang’s 10th collection went down a storm with critics at New York Fashion Week this season with his refined sportswear, but some have noted the young designer has never tackled couture and that LVMH are interested in him for a very different reason than to succeed Galliano – rather, that they’re looking to incorporate his label into the luxury conglomerate.
If all this sounds a little tiresome, we’ll leave you with wise words from Dior’s CEO who, frankly, deserves the last sentence since no one else knows what the hell’s going on.
“There is an old proverb,” Toledano told the Telegraph’s Lisa Armstrong, “those who don’t know, speak loudly. Those who know, stay silent.”
Indeed. Here’s to the announcement in the coming weeks.