Dior keeps mum on Galliano successor
Christian Dior's chief executive Friday quashed speculation the house was poised to name a successor to disgraced John Galliano, after its interim chief designer unveiled a new spring-summer look.
"Show some patience!" replied Dior Couture chief executive Sidney Toledano when asked backstage if he was ready to appoint a new designer, seven months after Galliano was sacked over a racist insult scandal.
"We live in a world that wants things right away," said Toledano, adding that Dior's "timing is right" and that "you'll understand when we announce it."
Extravagant New York designer Marc Jacobs is strongly tipped to move from Louis Vuitton, which is a jewel of the Dior-owned LVMH luxury conglomerate, for the job, but talks have reportedly proven difficult.
The Fashion Week crowd gave a polite but muted welcome on Friday to the collection showcased by Galliano's right-hand man Bill Gaytten, who has run the Dior ateliers since March.
With cloche hats and tweedy black and white prints that reworked Dior's classic bar suit, all nipped waists and padded hips, and sensual organza at night, Gaytten stuck largely to house codes, playing it safe for next spring.
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