For the second time in less than five years, Dior is searching for a new creative director for womenswear and couture. Our friends over at WWD compiled a list of possible successors for Raf Simons, including some of the most promising (think: Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo, or Riccardo Tisci) and some more outlandish options (read: Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing or Marc Jacobs, the latter of which is unlikely considering that he left Louis Vuitton several years ago to focus on the impending IPO of his eponymous label. Oh, and then there is the fact that a point of “contention when he interviewed for Dior [on the heels of John Galliano’s ouster] was bringing his design team.”). Here is what WWD had to say about three of the most highly speculated names ...
1. ALBER ELBAZ
Pros: With his penchant for draping and creating new volumes, Elbaz is seen as a natural for couture, and someone who could gamely exalt and update the legacy of the house founder. Plus he enjoys the adulation of the world’s press and retailers.
Cons: Could an obvious choice be too, well, obvious for Dior? It could be argued that the company may be better choosing a designer in the modernist mold of Simons rather than change directions again.
2. RICCARDO TISCI
Pros: Givenchy’s star designer has the couture chops, the fame and the buzz factor. Plus, Dior poached Galliano from Givenchy back in 1996, meaning there’s a historical precedent between two houses controlled by French luxury titan Bernard Arnault.
Cons: Tisci has made Givenchy his own, adding a soupcon of dark romance to its aristocratic roots, and the house recently initiated a multifaceted expansion plan. Why upset the apple cart?
3. PHOEBE PHILO
Pros: She zhushed up Chloé, took a break, and then transformed Céline into one of the most powerful of the so-called second-tier brands at LVMH. “Philo connects on an intuitive, emotional level with the modern woman — what a perfect match for an archetypically feminine house like Dior,” noted one retailer.
Cons: Philo seems to have an allergy to Paris, and used to commute from London when she was at Chloé, and Céline moved design studios to London just for her.
Catch the rest of WWD’s list right HERE.