In what could be seen as the most unstylish move of last year, designer John Galliano was removed from his position as chief designer at Christian Dior following his conviction over making racial comments in a Paris bar, which became the subject of tabloid and media gossip. The subsequent presentation show at Paris Fashion Week saw the traditional closing bow taken by the atelier staff at Dior, but afterwards began the speculation over who would replace Galliano and take the house of Dior forward.
Brand ambassador and face of Miss Dior Natalie Portman was one of those celebrities who spoke out about the incident, telling the press that as a Jewish actress she did not wish to be associated in any manner with John Galliano. Karl Lagerfeld also spoke out, describing himself as “furious” about the effects that the comments and their influence on the world of fashion and Dior’s parent company LVMH. However, there were also those in the fashion world who showed their support, including Kate Moss who had Galliano design her wedding dress for her marriage to Jamie Hince. In contrast to Lagerfeld’s comments, fellow designer Giorgio Armani said that he felt sorry Galliano’s rant was recorded and made public.
Since Galliano’s sacking rumours have abounded as to who may eventually succeed him as head of Dior. Although editor of Italian Vogue Francesca Sozzani has commented that the brand should reinstate Galliano himself this would now seem unlikely. The most popular candidate would probably have to be Marc Jacobs, with supporters including former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, although Jacobs has recently said that he is more than happy to stay in his current position at Louis Vuitton. Other potential replacements include Alexander Wang, Riccado Tisci and Haider Ackermann, but no-one has yet been confirmed as taking over.
Everyone is fashion seems to have an opinion on who will succeed at Dior, whether they are a designer, blogger, journalist or simply a dedicated fashion fan. With bets now being taken on who will be successful, some unlikely candidates have emerged. According to betting firm Paddy Power, Christopher Kane is rated as being a 40/1 chance. Unlikely maybe? Not as much as model Katie Price, She’s apparently a candidate too, albeit at odds of 500/1. Hopefully when it comes to making a final decision common sense (and fashion style) will prevail.
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