It looks like Dior may have a new designer to fill John Galliano’s shoes at the fashion house following Galliano’s departure in flames earlier this year.
Galliano was booted from his position at Dior in March after a series of bizarre public meltdowns during which the designer was filmed engaging in very offensive diatribes, railing at fellow eventgoers at a venue in Paris. Not only did Galliano’s anti-Semitic slurs cost him his job and a tremendous amount of celebrity goodwill, but the fallen fashion idol was also tried in Paris- where such hate speech is an offense that carries jail time. (Lawyers for Galliano claimed a combination of alcohol and Valium were to blame for the fashion mogul’s hateful rant.)
Now the fashion house that bears Christian Dior’s name is looking at a more clean-cut designer to take over the reigns of the brand. Marc Jacobs- whose style is a bit more understated- is reportedly the top choice for the role. Of his work, Jacobs once commented:
“…what I prefer is that even if someone feels hedonistic, they don’t look it. Curiosity about sex is much more interesting to me than domination. … My clothes are not hot. Never. Never.”
According to the New York Post, lawyers for Jacobs are currently in Paris trying to hammer out a deal with Dior to bring Jacobs on for Galliano’s old job. Also in the running, the paper claims, are Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Haider Ackermann and Hedi Slimane. Jacobs is currently in Manhattan, where he is planning his collection for Spring 2012.