Bad news for John Galliano, but good news for the Jews: Marc Jacobs, a Jewish boy from Jersey will replace Galliano as creative director of Christian Dior.
Galliano was ousted in March after he was caught on camera spewing anti-Semitic hokum at a French restaurant. Who knows, maybe it really was just the alcohol speaking, which was his defense in court. The position has been vacant since March and rumor has it (courtesy of Womens Wear Daily - subscription only) that Marc Jacobs is on the short list.
Currently Jacobs is the creative director of Louis Vuitton, but apparently he might finally be moving up in the world to the multi-billion dollar luxury brand. Ironically, Jacobs was considered for the Dior job in the90s, but lost out to Galliano. Now it seems CEO Bernard Arnault, head of luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is doing his own sort of mea culpa as the Jacobs brand flies of the shelves of stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms.
Since the 90s, Jacobs has bided his time designing two clothing lines: Marc Jacobs, the high-end couture and the easier-on-the-wallet Marc by Marc Jacobs label available at Bloomingdales and the like. Still, it had to be entertaining to watch his former competition or commit career suicide in an unglamour episode. Its a shame for Galliano, whose contribution to Dior caught worldwide attention. Jacobs is stepping in at an opportune time because according to New York Times Fashion critic Cathy Horyn, Dior House left something to be desired at Paris Fashion Week last July.