Riccardo Tisci and Hedi Slimane in pole position to take over at DIOR

Designer of Givenchy (sister company of Dior within LVMH) Riccardo Tisci and former Dior menswear designer Hedi Slimane are reported to be the front runners to take over the creative director position at DIOR after John Galliano was fired earlier this week. The owner of Dior, Bernard Arnault has previously exchanged designers between Dior and Givency (John Galliano and Alexander Mc Queen and he was pleased with Slimane’s work at Dior Men. The only ”challenging” difference between the two designers is their creative vision and inflexibility to follow certain laid out paths. The name of Alber Elbaz has also been circulating, yet, it is highly unlikely that he will be chosen due to his perspectives at Chanel replacing Lagerfeld as well as his different vision.

The fact that the house of DIOR had a very fast reaction, recognizing early the damaging potential of the Galliano story, is likely to have little impact on the performance of the brand which has over 240 boutiques worlwide and a turnovver which exceeds 850 million euros. Many industry analysts have voiced the need for a change in creative direction at DIOR, even before the Galliano scandal, especially in the ready to wear collections and the overall advertising. 

Karl Lagerfeld’s reaction :

“I’m furious, if you want to know," Lagerfeld told WWD. "I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story."

Lagerfeld continues: "The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk — there are things you cannot do. I’m furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. It’s as if he had his child hurt.”