Crazy, crazy news from WWD this morning: Marc Jacobs–of his beloved namesake collection and also the man who forged Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear identity–may be in talks with Bernard Arnault to succeed John Galliano as creative director of Dior. The shuffling wouldn’t end there: Phoebe Philo has already been contacted to possibly follow Jacobs at Vuitton and is, reportedly, “intrigued.” As for the others previously speculated to take the slot at Dior, Riccardo Tisci is the last candidate standing:

It is understood they have approached a wide swath of potential candidates to succeed Galliano, including Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, Haider Ackermann and Hedi Slimane.  According to sources, Elbaz and Ghesquière, both of whom have equity stakes in their fashion houses and strong personal commitments to their brands, have withdrawn themselves from the running. Burton, meanwhile, is said to have rebuffed overtures. Talks with Ackermann and Slimane did not end in an agreement. Riccardo Tisci, the couturier at Givenchy, is also considered a dark-horse candidate. He has earned a cult following for his darkly romantic, Goth-inflected approach to fashion, and has been championed by Delphine Arnault

So, the rumor is pretty shocking–man about downtown Jacobs at a couture legacy house like Christian Dior?!–but it may fall through. The question is: is this rumor exciting or otherwise?

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