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The King is Dead

I am still in shock over Dior’s announcement that they were starting termination procedures for creative director John Galliano. While Galliano’s recent behaviour was inexcusable, I was hoping there was some light at the end of the tunnel. Galliano is one of the few true mavericks left in fashion (another one was McQueen, who is sorely missed) whose wild imagination and technical skills have kept editors captivated for so many years.

Of course the biggest problem is filling the role he left behind. As you can imagine, speculation is rife over who will take over and a few names have been thrown around.

A favourite amongst bloggers is ex-Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane, although most industry insiders know that he had a tumultuous relationship with the powers-that-be at LVMH.

Also in the running is Belgian designer Haider Ackermann, who although incredibly talented, may not ready for such a huge responsibility. The wonderful thing about Galliano was that he was able to combine his own creative genuis with the history and codes of Dior, and I don’t see Ackermann’s edgy aesthetic meshing well with Dior’s.

Alber Elbaz could be interesting, but it’s doubtful LVMH will give him the creative freedom that has allowed him to flourish as a designer at Lanvin. Olivier Theyskens seems to have found his groove at Theory and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy is finally claiming his territory. So the question remains, who will reign as the next King of Dior??

3 Responses to The King is Dead

  1. al says:

    Yup, Galliano has done a great job of re-hashing fashion nostalgia with his technical virtuosity – but he’s been falling into some kind of Norma Desmond groove with his 1940s movie star cues.
    Doesn’t Alber Elbaz have a stake in Lanvin – was reported in some intvu where he also affirmed his bond with the owner Wang Shaw-lan for giving him a new lease of fashion stardom.

    • admin says:

      Yes its reported Elbaz haas a stake in the brand although he’s never quite admitted to it. However when he was asked recently about the job, he said and I quote “no one has called me yet.” ha ha. Gotta love Elbaz.

  2. Albert De Castro says:

    Queen Galliano is alive. Long live the Queen. ;)

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