Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Marc Jacobs to Dior?

The other day I read in WWD that Marc Jacobs is in negotiations to take over the Dior job.


My first reaction was – oh, that’s crazy.  That’ll never happen.  Why would he leave Louis Vuitton – where he built the entire clothing image of the brand – to go to Dior?


Something I hadn’t thought about, though, is the couture element that Dior offers.  I have no clue what his dreams are, but to offer that to someone who is as much of a design artist as he is… the idea is fascinating, and must be at play here.  I personally would love to see him have a team like that at his disposal.  What a kick in the ass that would give the entire couture season!


So what do you think?  Marc Jacobs to Dior?  And if not – who else?



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  1. Berta*

    September 13, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Haider Ackermann. Yes, I know, too obvious to mention.

  2. Matt Strackbein

    September 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Jacobs sounds as good as anyone else I can think of, and you make a great point with the couture angle.

  3. Michael Tornato

    September 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Marc Jacobs would be very well suited to design couture. His brand itself is a lot like couture and if not…avante garde.
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  4. Rayo

    September 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I couldn’t agree more!

  5. @stefantoronto

    September 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    tom ford left gucci. anything is possible..

  6. Nomadic D

    September 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My first reaction is exactly that – that’s just crazy! But I suppose you’re right, and who knows what he would do if given the opportunity…


  7. Mikki

    September 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I ithink it’s time to move to Dior. going into couture would mean growth and I think he’s done so well at LV it’s good to qiut while still on top:

  8. PammieTaj

    September 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    There’s something infinitely unappealing to me about Vuitton. They knew who they were when they hired Jacobs, and I imagine, that as much license as he’s been given to design for them, there have been limits. It’s Vuitton!

    Dior though, there seems to be one criteria – make beautiful clothes that make women look and feel beautiful. This is what stands out to me about Dior – always, always something beautiful. Apologetically so. I say go for it Mr. Jacobs.

  9. Herringbone

    September 13, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Phoebe Philo or Miuccia Prada.

  10. Isabelle

    September 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I think that if Dior is looking to totally purge itself from Galliano, and his style, the switch would make sense. On the other hand, the world has become accustomed to the ethereal style that Galliano made synonymous with the brand. If LVMH wants to stick with this style, I think Zac Posen should take over. In my opinion, his latest show looked like an audition for the position.


    September 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    MJ is a great designer on his own at at LV, and definitely would be at Dior. The man’s got a crazy cool imagination.
    However, I think it would be a bit of delusion to jump to Dior.
    As for Galliano replacemnt, hmmmm…..that’s hard to say. It’d have to be a new, up-rising very talented and innovative designer. I wouldn’t go with an established designer.

  12. Name*Roxanna

    September 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love Marc Jacobs, he is one of my favorites designers. But I think that he should stay doing LV instead of moving to Dior. Why? well is not that I doubt of is capability to be a great designer and help Dior to get back on track is just that his style don’t convince me for the house of Dior. Sometimes is better been safe and don’t take risk specially in a industry of fashion than start doing Dior and don’t fulfill the expectations of the public and put “on risk” his name and his career.

  13. Vilde

    September 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I don’t think Marc is bold enough for Dior. His design is great, but Louis Vuitton suits him better. I want Galliano back!


  14. Camille

    September 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Marc Jacobs at Dior would be a wonderful thing to watch to be sure. One that droves of editors would line up to see. However, there still exists that element where you would wonder, did he forgo the image he spent so much time building to enter an arena that is so completely and creatively consuming? A move that in one swift kick may forever alter that adored Marc Jacobs feel that created such a distinct and enduring image in American sportswear. I wonder if the change would be worth the end result…

  15. Name*

    September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    couture is DEAD!

  16. Name*Maddi

    September 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I think it’s the 8 figure salary that is enticing….

  17. Julie Vignon

    September 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I would love to see Haider Ackermann in Dior :-)

  18. Fashionthroughtravel

    September 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    It could be an option. I’m sure any great designer would dream to get his hands on a job like this, but still I think he should have some emotional ties with the clothing line that he started at LV… it’s a tough choice I think..

  19. Vooss Atelier

    September 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Who knows, maybe it’s worth giving it a go…


  20. Marcel Da Chump

    September 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Jason Wu.

  21. Charlotte Justine

    September 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I would love to see Sarah Burton give it a go, she has been doing such an amazing job at Alexander McQueen and she could give the couture an entire new creative twist. MJ would be fabulous as well- big loss for Louis Vuitton though.

  22. Vuur fir

    September 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I find marc such an easy choice, it certainly reflects our times where risks are kept to the minimum for the sake of shareholders and ‘loses’.
    The real loss is culture and fresh blood here. a young soul would have been more interesting. although one could debate the workload on an unexperienced designer.

    as for marc on dior, oh well, he’ll just do bland things, marc is not so exciting as people portray him to be, the mix and match attitude is long gone and he has failed to establish a relevant signature and coherence in attitude and aesthetics.
    He has a lot to prove if he takes on dior.

  23. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    September 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    It’s about time to!

  24. anonymous

    September 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I really think they should go with someone else that has the talent. Marc have all the hype, but that is all there is to it really. Why not give someone else a chance in fashion? I prefer someone fresher than Marc Jacobs, how about the talented Sara Burton?

  25. Vivian

    September 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    What a strange idea ? A LVM endogamic situation !

    I never liked Marc Jacobs anyway.

    I never understood John Galliano either.

    Actually I do not like the brand per se.

    Sorry ; )!



  26. Purseandco

    September 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Go Mark!

    I prefer Mark to John… good luck!


  27. Name*

    September 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    It couldn’t be possible! I really like the work that Marc Jacobs has done in LV, and I hope that this work continues.

  28. ss

    September 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    mj to dior
    philo to vuitton

  29. Clémence

    September 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I think that this is a good idea it is nice for him to change after all this years at Louis Vuitton!!!
    I also read that they will take Phoebe Philo at Louis Vuitton, it could be a win win except for Céline….


  30. sonia

    September 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Sarah Burton seems like a good choice.

  31. ss

    September 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm


  32. eeeh

    September 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I vote for Riccardo Tisci. Just look at Givenchy, SUPERNICE!

  33. juanita

    September 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    OMG! I had no idea that Marc Jacobs designed for Louis Vuitton – this says much more about where I shop than his impact on global fashion! But, Louis Vuitton always seems to be a much less classy brand than Dior. MJ seems to have the kind of showbiz pzazz that Dior would be looking for.
    On a more serious note – no matter what people say or believe or think – a little compassion for John Galliano please amongst all this. Also a little recognition for his huge talent. Addiction does not discrimate – it could be any of us next week!

  34. Thesecretcloset

    September 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I’m sorry but there is no comparison between vuitton and dior. First make (or should only) make bags. Dior is fashion. No discussion.

  35. OT

    September 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I think Marc Jacobs has done a great job at LV, and I am sure he will continue to do a great job, no matter which house he designs for. But, I must say, I think Philo at LV is a very interesting thought. However, I am certain Mr. Arnualt will think this carefully through.

  36. Z

    September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I feel like the industry needs someone new and fresh faced. I love Marc, but he has glory and fame (and its rightly deserved), but someone else needs a chance to shine as well. There are so many hidden talents and I’m sure everyone will be taken by surprised when they see how well someone new does :) (just look at Alex Wang and Jack and Lazaro at PS). LV lost such a great designer, but it’s time for a young, new thing to take the stage.

  37. Anonymous

    September 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve never liked Marc Jacobs. His biggest talent has been to absorb and assimilate other designer’s ideas. Just look at Marc by Marc Jacobs SS 2012 – it’s as though he took Prada and Jil Sander SS 2011 and put them in a blender to create something new! HA! He did do a good job for Vuitton though who cater to the Asian market- the only market left in the world with $$$. So perhaps that is what Dior is also looking for. Bonne chance a tous!

  38. theoutfitdiaries

    September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    funny, that’s what i thought too when I heard about these rumours, but I didn’t think about the couture. You’re making an interesting point.
    But still, if marc jacobs would go to dior, where’s the line between the brands? Where do they stand for in the end? Just gonna change all together because the designer switches brands? So confusing…

  39. Eileenie

    September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    John Galliano is definitely irreplaceable. But Marc Jacobs seems to be a good choice. This situation kinda reminds me of the time when Galliano went to Dior at a young age. There are many older designers that are suitable for the job as well but I think Dior should be looking at a young age like MJ. I’m excited to see what happens!

  40. Naoko

    September 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Olivier Thyskens… what is he doing in USA?? He should be in PARIS!!

  41. Nemee

    September 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I love Marc Jacobs. What he’s done with Louis Vuitton is amazing and I am beyond in love with his designs from Marc by Marc Jacob. However, dismissing John Galliano was a huge mistake. Nobody can do couture like Galliano and his designs were the epitome of fantasy, and fantasy is all that fashion is about. Nobody can take Galliano’s place and nobody, not even Jacobs, can for Dior what Galliano did.


  42. Christiaan Kidd

    September 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I believe you need a sense of the ethereal to balance the modernity and also a taste for history to be able to create the achingly beautiful that Dior stands for.

    I find Marc Jacobs far too modern and forward thinking, which is great for Vuitton and his own brands.

    Olivier Theyskens gets my vote.

  43. Clara Turbay

    September 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    i love the idea!

  44. Gertie

    September 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Olivier Thyskens yes please! Remember his couture collection for Rochas? It was so very beautiful. He is wasted at Theory.

  45. Marcela Baldi

    September 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Looking at this point of view, it would be such a crazy idea and the only one who could do that is Marc Jacobs, whom we can expect the unexpectable and change everything that we believe in.



  46. Lauren

    September 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Is WWD slow to get this news out? The ladies at Keep It Chic posted about MJ’s possible move to Dior a couple of weeks ago.

  47. Diane

    September 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I wish Alexander McQueen was still alive… this would have been perfect for him. =\

  48. Laura

    September 14, 2011 at 12:23 am

    You know, my first reaction was also that of surprise, but everyone must grow and expand in their career; tho Vuitton seems like somewhat of a pinnacle, Dior would offer much more creative expression. We may yet see a new side of Marc Jacobs, and if so, I look forward to it!

  49. Alisha

    September 14, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Stella McCartney for Dior.

  50. Reemami

    September 14, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I love Marc Jacobs, but Dior needs someone whos a bigger risk taker and bolder. But you know what, you never know!

  51. Heather Fonseca

    September 14, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Whatever happened to Christian Lacroix?

  52. chris gabriel

    September 14, 2011 at 1:51 am



  53. Agata

    September 14, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Haider Ackermann only!!! :)

  54. Name*

    September 14, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Dior is also under Louis Vuitton.
    Vuitton wants to Dior come back to life because it was fading out.
    Assume Mark wants to have a opportunity to do great coture work. So we can’t stop him. I just hope he won’t be worn out.
    Or just make up the brand “Vuittior”

  55. pierre

    September 14, 2011 at 5:07 am

    i m fully available 1 of november…


    September 14, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I heard that Ricardo Ticci is going to Dior, Haider Akerman to GIVENCHY, and Heidi Slimane is going to Yves Saint Laurent.

  57. Chloe

    September 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

    i miss mcqueen :(

  58. CBC

    September 14, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I remember when he took over Perry Ellis…….

  59. Petra

    September 14, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Marc is great but I don’t see him at Dior ,Galliano did such a good job.

  60. duckie

    September 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

    old news.

  61. max b

    September 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Good for Dior

  62. Nicholas

    September 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

    no one…at first I was a little off put but the more I think about it the more it could make sense…vuitton on top of it isn’t that amazing and its not like he is most famous for that line…his own more then LV.

  63. Dexterneo

    September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    for me Dior will always sound like John Galliano without him it is not the same anymore

  64. fuende

    September 14, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Anyone knows what’s with Alessandra Facchinetti (besides her taking ballet lessons in NY)?

  65. Jack Freeman

    September 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Information nicely presented and useful.

  66. lintmag

    September 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I think Christian Lacroix would be good, although I still don’t rule out the possibility of Galliano coming back – fashion has high tolerance for most things as long as the person is talented and making money for a company and does a good editorial.
    Of course I would adore it if Gigli came back but that’s a pipe dream.

  67. levi

    September 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    who is mark jacops

  68. Sacred & Profane Designs

    September 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I’d like to see someone like Christopher Kane at Dior.

  69. Katy E.

    September 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    NO NO NO…..Don´t do it Marc!!!!!! The world loves you at The House of “Louis!”

  70. lehautedaug

    September 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    nononononoooo! Dior dont do it!! I just cant see their aesthetics blending well- Jacobs does not seem to have the overtly feminine and avante touch that Dior is famously known for, and I do not see him successfully reinventing Dior at all, and I think there are plenty of other designers that could be a better fit for the house. Whyd Galliano have to be such a tard!!??

  71. kathryn

    September 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Why not!

    Hell yes!

  72. Janel

    September 15, 2011 at 12:04 am

    What about Alber Elbaz? I think his aesthetic might translate nicely into modern, chic, Dior – if he has a mind towards that vision. One never knows.

  73. Carlos

    September 15, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Haider Ackermann will be the most suitable person for Dior !!!!

  74. Ndumiso

    September 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Is Marc Jacobs a couturier? You kind of have to be born as one, its not something you can learn. Also Dior needs a complete aesthetic overhaul- Marc Jacobs’ Vuitton collections are in the same indulgent/extravagant/hedonistic vein that Galliano’s were. MJ is too much of an obvious choice, Haider Ackerman is the way to go…

  75. Heather in Arles

    September 15, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Oh my, I had heard that this was a done deal and I really truly hope that isn’t the case. Perhaps it is because I was in NYC to see Marc’s rise but he really designs for a certain type of downtown girl–that is his best work. When he tries to do “Parisienne” for Vuitton it is costumey, at best.

    Cool has nothing to do with beautiful and as mentioned by others, Dior is all about beauty. Lacroix, though technically perfect, might not expand the house as it needs in the long term–yes, why not someone like Haider Ackermann?

  76. jonathan

    September 15, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I see Marc as a great stylist not a designer – I feel there is a huge difference – he is great for LV but not Dior.

  77. rafa gb

    September 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Olivier Theyskens, no-brainer.

  78. Armadillo

    September 15, 2011 at 11:33 am

    MJ is not a fashion designer but a high level cool hunter. So I don’t see him in Dior neither in LV. Galliano is a bit uncool now so…off John from Dior and off Marc from LV.

  79. emmett roos

    September 15, 2011 at 11:46 am

    hedi slimane

  80. Tizzylish

    September 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I think it is a mistake. I am not a big fan of Marc Jacobs at LV. The clothes are really atrocious. Every time I spied a French actress wearing a terrible dress at the Deauville Film Festival, it was Louis Vuitton. Dior and Marc are not the right fit.

  81. alexander jmaes

    September 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I no thing so Marc Jacobs to Dior

  82. Quinntin

    September 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    My chose… Elber Elbaz!!!

  83. robert

    September 15, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Could this be why: “A little-known Spanish yogurt manager nabbed the top job at France’s most prestigious fashion brand, Louis Vuitton.
    In a surprise change at the €6 billion ($8 billion) label, brand owner LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA appointed Danone executive Jordi Constans to succeed 63-year-old Yves Carcelle when he steps down at the end of 2012.” – Wall St. Journal

  84. BlairWaldorf

    September 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    My choice would be Ellie Saab

  85. diane

    September 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I believe Galliano should be taken back…noone has his vision

  86. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    September 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I love him where he is but his last 1950′s/60′s style collections were so phenomenal that they’ve now become copied and it would be interesting to see him reinvent himself at Dior. It would be cool to see some couture from him!


  87. Darron

    September 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

    hussein chalayan

  88. oksana

    September 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    thank you heather fonseca i was thinking same, lacroix was an artist and amazing one. and i think MJ is not good for dior. dior should thinking about me for that position i am better.

  89. christopher

    September 17, 2011 at 11:52 am

    i’d love to see monsieur lacroix’s intelligence, wit and deep understanding of the couture tradition in a french house again.

  90. Nicole

    September 18, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I have to disagree on Jacob going to Dior. I feel that this past A/W collection he did for his own line (Marc Jacobs) and for LV looked too similar to one another and I feel that he would do the same for Dior. Either Dior will look like MJ or vis versa. Galliano created an elegant feel to Dior and I think someone else would be right for this job. Sorry MJ, I love you, you’re great, but not for Dior

  91. alex

    September 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Ralph Rucci. Think about it.

  92. Heesun

    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    John Galliano cannot be compared to Marc Jacobs in his depth and variety of designs even to the eyes such as mine.
    Marc Jacobs may have a good commercial sense than many, but Dior will not have the same elegance and glamour under Marc Jacobs than it did with Galliano. Jacobs will not be able to fulfill the tastes of many superclass shoppers, and I dare say some of Marc Jacobs’ items and collections (either LV or Marc Jacobs) are tacky compared to the works of Galliano.

    Alaia’s works are amazing (I loved his holes punched booties and studded sandals), but I feel his lacks imagination compared to those of Galliano, but one can always argue that they are based only on different tastes…

  93. macrina

    September 20, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    REINSTATE GALLIANO! But like someone already mentioned, what happened to Lacroix? I think he’d be really suitable

  94. White

    September 22, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Jacobs is a genius!

  95. Soldano

    September 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Rumor in paris has it that Actually Alber Elbaz and Haider Ackermann have been meeting with Dior executives but showed little interest for the job due to the pressure and lack of creative freedom compared to what they have now.

    Marc Jacobs is good for style and marketing but so far none of his designs have been really groundbreaking at all. Hedi Slilane or Martin Margiela have been much more influential in fact.

    On the paper it sounds like a safe choice, but that could also be the end of his career. Vuitton wasn’t a couture house before, but Dior has a history of redefining fashion, and it did so four times : with Mr Dior, With Yves Saint Laurent, with Galliano and with Hedi Slimane.

    MJ’s greatest achievement is to be American and appeal to the young. He’s cool when he does what he knows, because it’s different, but this could very quickly show its technical limitations and put an abrupt end to its popularity. After all, nobody really buys its clothes at LV and the MJ brand isn’t very suucessful, if it wasn’t for Marc By Marc.

  96. heatherlgoldberg

    September 26, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    yes olivier theyskens hands down would be beautiful at Dior. his talent is wasted at Theory. he has done some of the most beautiful collections at Nina Ricci, it was just such a shame that the house didnt know how to refresh their public image. marc jacobs should stay at LV!

  97. SydneyRayne

    September 27, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Marc Jacobs to Dior makes sense. He will fit in but stand out. I can see how to some it would seem insane for him to leave the empire, shall we say, that he has so beautifully created at Louis Vuitton but everybody needs a change. He is able to create the classic always wearable look that is Dior and though I’m a Galliano fan I believe in Marc! It is one dream job to another after all.

  98. Gsetzu

    September 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Marc Jacobs is great from LV.
    Dalliano was very boring to dior.
    A mix would be interesting.
    but if you mix it really should be:

    LV designed by Prada
    Marc Jacobs designed by Tom Ford
    Kenzo by Galliano
    Prada by Antonio Marras

    and Dior?

    Dior by Riccardo Tisci.
    A general remix is always good!

  99. diaboliqueguan

    September 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    you said it right Mr Schuman, MJ is a design artist. it will be a disaster if he goes to Dior; that’s my foreseeable opinion.

  100. princessjasmine

    October 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Marc Jacobs would not suit Dior. I love the path that John Galliano led Dior into and I don’t think the fashion world is ready to release the magic and fantasy that is Dior. While Marc Jacobs is supremely talented, I don’t think he would follow in Galliano’s pixie-dusted footsteps. And I for one, would be deeply dissapointed if he were to take over Dior.

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