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??