John Galliano is everything…except yesterday’s news. Although Christian Dior dumped its lead designer in March for making racist and anti-Semitic slurs, his former role at the Paris fashion house is still vacant eight months later.
A maverick on the runway, Galliano is synonymous with visually stimulating presentations and designs. Bill Gaytten, an associate of Galliano’s who is also in charge of the creative department at Galliano’s eponymous brand took the reigns at Dior after Galliano’s departure. Gaytten is expected to continue as Dior’s couture designer in the interim until a replacement is found, and will likely “take the bow” at Dior’s Paris couture presentation in January.
The frontrunner for Galliano’s empty position at Dior has been Marc Jacobs who not only heads his incredibly well regarded eponymous label, but has also revolutionized Louis Vuitton (Dior’s sister brand at LVMH) as its artistic director since 1997, but it seems talks with Jacobs have halted because of salary requirements. Other rumored candidates have included Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, but they reportedly turned down offers. Newer contenders in the race include Alexander Wang, Raf Simons and Jason Wu are also being seriously considered.
The post-Galliano era is thirsty for a creative powerhouse with the ability to take Dior by storm. Personally, I think Jacobs is the man for the job—his shows always present a 360-degree experience. For those who aren’t familiar with his creative prowess, I suggest watching his Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 presentations for Louis Vuitton. The latter is what I consider his application for Galliano’s former position at Dior.