If you’re a Dior fanatic like we are, you should check your emergency state status. You’ll see there is a big red alert sign, it means there are major rumors out there that might change Dior as we know forever (well, this might be too dramatic, but… it’s Dior). And, useless to say, we need you to be a part of this change. Just after Dior’s former creative director Raf Simons left the post in October, it has been a major topic for gossip and predictions – who will be the next leader at Dior?
Some of the most popular candidates for the job were Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo and Olivier Theyskens. In fact, there was a time we would bet everything that Elbaz would take the post, but Dior has fooled us all. Are you ready for a new candidate? Number 1 candidate for Dior’s creative director position at the moment is Sarah Burton. Yes, we’re talking about the same Burton you know, the one that has designed Kate Middleton’s wedding gown and is currently Alexander McQueen’s creative director. Yes, that Sarah Burton!
The prediction came from Vogue UK, a pretty respectable source for a fashion rumor, you’d think. Vogue UK’s Scarlett Conlon writes, “If she were to be appointed to the top job at Dior, there would no doubt be lengthy negotiations, not least concerning where operations would take place as Burton and her family are currently located in London while the Dior atelier is in Paris.”
Well, the clock is ticking, and an A-class team like that can’t stay long without a powerful leader, can it? The brand announced, the upcoming spring 2016 couture and fall 2016 ready-to-wear collections will be launched without a creative director, but unless this is a new fashion trend (we should probably check that with Tom Ford, the industry innovator), it seems to be utterly crucial to have the position filled as soon as possible. And Vogue UK agrees, predicting an announcement from Dior in the nearest future.
What about you? Would you like to see Burton in the lead of your favorite fashion brand? We are all fairly familiar with her style; she has been McQueen’s creative director since 1997 (seems like it’s time to move on) and has played a lead role in the development of the brand’s reputation and identity, especially after Lee McQueen’s death in 2010.
We’ll have to wait and see if Burton is willing to leave The Big Smoke for Paris, where Dior atelier is located. Or maybe we’ll witness drastic changes in the history of French couture and watch the operations being moved to London. Waiting is dreadful, but there is nothing more we can do at this point (except for speculating some more). One thing is certain, the weather will be shifting often at Dior in 2016.
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