To insert Bill Gaytten — an undisputedly brilliant technician, but not a designer — into the gap at Dior can be nothing but a temporary solution. It’s high time this gap was closed. But why not with somebody young and untested, as Yves Saint Laurent was when he took over the reins at Dior at the tender age of twenty-one and went on to revolutionise women’s clothes? I still believe that designers with genius and courage, traits which are invariably independent of age, are more likely to thrive at a grand Paris label.
He wrote in his column in the Business of Fashion
The fashion musical shares unfortunately shows no sign of slowing down and the Dior situation is the story that just keeps on giving. Yesterday Hint Mag alleged that Bill Gaytten isn't as temporary as we all thought. According to the site, Gaytten has just signed a three year contract to continue serving as creative director.
And that's not all. Like Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons was allegedly offered the job but asked for too much money, which is why Dior CEO Sidney Toledano reportedly decided to keep Gaytten on board.
The future of Christian Dior is a question that won't go away. Since John Galliano was fired from the brand back in March last year the headlines have been plagued with rumours about who will take over his role as creative director. While the question of his replacement seemed to die down after Marc Jacobs confirmed that he would not take the role, the question has resurfaced as fashion week quickly approaches.
The label's collections under Bill Gaytten have left a lot to be desired leaving many to argue that like any good orchestra, Dior must are in desperate need of a new conductor. Although the issue appears to have been discussed to death in the past year but the experiences of brands like Chanel demonstrate that there's a reason for the ongoing concern about the brand's future without a strong force at the helm. Despite the fact that Chanel continued to sell after the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, according to AFP "in creative terms the house was at a standstill until the arrival of Karl Lagerfeld 12 years later. "You can manage without a designer for a season or two," Serge Carreira, a luxury sector expert, argued. "But there is a limit, a brand must be regularly refreshed, renewed."
This week has been a busy one in Hollywood. Earlier on this week we had the People's Choice Awards and last night was the turn of the Critics Choice Awards.
Outfits on the night that realy stood out came from Charlize Theron in Azzedine Alaia, Michelle Williams in Chanel, Kristen Dunst in Christian Dior, Jessica Chastian in Balenciaga and Shailene Woodley in Calvin Klein. I was really excited to see what Elizabeth Olsen would wear over the next week but her yellow Emilio Pucci dress that she wore to last night's event hasn't got me excited about what is yet to come.
It's a great honor to be considered, and Mr. Arnault is a super intelligent man and a very smart man and it was certainly a very great honor for him to know that I was capable — and not only capable but that I am someone that he would have wanted for the job. But I am very happy to be here. There is so much more left to do and building Louis Vuitton into a fashion company is something nobody else can say they really started.
Aside from being a great actress and receiving critical acclaim for her performance in 'Black Swan' last year, things are looking good for Mila Kunis. Today Dior announced that the Ukraine-born star is the new face of their Miss Dior handbag range and these are the first few images of the Mikael Jansson shot ads.
"Mila Kunis is a very talented young actress; she embodies the true modern woman," Delphine Arnault, Dior's deputy general manager, explained when asked about casting the actress. "Her performance in Black Swan was remarkable. She is very gifted."
Over the last few weeks all eyes have been on Raf Simons. Since Marc Jacobs was confirmed to have reject the job at Dior, Simons has become the latest name to be put into the hat of potential candidates. When it was confirmed that Jacobs was definitely out of the race for the job after negotiations quickly broke down, the designer decided not to speak to the press about it but today Vogue published an extensive interview with the otherwise interview-shy designer to talk about what happened.
On not wanting to move to Dior:
“I am at Vuitton, and I am very happy there,” says Jacobs. “I’ve been saying that for a long time. There have been on-and-off conversations about Dior. I don’t know; maybe someday in the future, maybe years from now, I may end up going someplace else, maybe Dior. But right now I am at Vuitton, and all that matters to me is that that’s where I am and I’m going to keep doing my thing.” He pauses for a moment and then, as if he can’t help himself, goes on: “The irony in all of this is that I don’t dream of doing anything else, or I didn’t. My greatest challenge is to do something better than we’ve done the season before. The idea of couture doesn’t hold that thing for me. It’s archaic—in my opinion. I mean, I am really interested in the craftsmanship behind couture. But I can explore all that in ready-to-wear. With couture, one dress each season is photographed by a couple of magazines; there’s no advertising; it reaches 20 customers. I don’t feel there is anything lacking in what we do. I get to work with these amazing craftsmen. Maybe not the same ateliers that would make a couture dress, but, again, we are not in a deficit for working with people who create beautiful things. I am not sure I ever looked at couture as this great opportunity.” With that, he lets out a big laugh, surprising even himself with his candor.
I'm not sure — it's an amazing job, I don't know if he would be the right person for it. John Galliano is difficult to replace. I think it's important not to jump into things. It needs to be a logical continuation of the brand. But who am I to say anything? I guess we all just have to wait and see.