Who will be next through the Dior?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 March, 2011, 12:00am

While no one has been confirmed as Christian Dior's new creative director, speculation is rife over who will fill John Galliano's shoes. Here are some of the names that have been floating around Paris.

Alber Elbaz

Who: The darling of the fashion world, Israeli designer Alber Elbaz joined Lanvin in 2001 and has injected the brand with a chic, desirable yet very wearable look.

Why: Elbaz has single-handedly brought Lanvin back from the brink and made it a covetable label. Lanvin holds an enviable position that most brands would kill to have - the collections receive consistently good reviews and are a retailer's dream to sell.

Verdict: It's purely up to Elbaz. The designer has flourished at Lanvin thanks to the creative freedom he is given by owner Taiwanese magnate Shaw-lan Wang. LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault is known for exercising an iron fist over his designers, so it's unlikely he would be given the same free rein he enjoys at Lanvin.

Riccardo Tisci

Who: Italian designer Riccardo Tisci has been the creative director at Givenchy since 2006 and holds favour with important buyers and editors, in particular former Vogue editor and mentor Carine Roitfeld.

Why: Tisci is an LVMH veteran (Givenchy is also part of Arnault's conglomerate) and has a proven track record. A move to Dior would be easy considering that he is already under contract with the group.

Verdict: Unlikely. Even though Givenchy's collections have yet to be commercially viable, Tisci is doing a good job and has a strong following. Besides, his dark, Gothic aesthetic seems more in tune with Givenchy than with Dior's feminine vision.

Haider Ackermann

Who: This young Belgian designer has been under the radar for a while but now it's his time to shine. His past three collections have met with rave reviews.

Why: If he's good enough for Chanel, he's good enough for Dior (Lagerfeld recently said that he would choose Ackermann as his replacement at Chanel should he ever retire). He could also inject a more modern, romantic vision to the house.

Verdict: On the fence. Ackermann is still young and relatively inexperienced - although he's been designing his own line for several years, the fashion system could chew him up and spit him out in a matter of months.

Hedi Slimane

Who: Slimane was the man who single-handedly revolutionised Dior Homme and the menswear industry with his rock-inspired aesthetic and skinny silhouettes.

Why: Slimane has been laying low since he left Dior Homme, although rumours keep surfacing that he is interested in launching a womenswear line. This could be the perfect solution for him.

Verdict: It'll never happen. Word has it that Slimane and Arnault had a tempestuous relationship during his days at Dior Homme. Galliano coming back would be more likely at this point.