Galliano succession talk drowns out drab Dior show

Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:00pm EDT
 
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By Astrid Wendlandt

PARIS (Reuters) - Dior remained tight-lipped on Friday about the search to replace John Galliano despite the growing clamor of critics who dismissed the French fashion label's second show since it fired its chief designer as a programmatic repeat of past styles.

Dior has now been without a chief designer for half a year since it fired Galliano after he was caught on a video that was widely circulated on the Internet making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar.

"Patience," Dior Chief Executive and Chairman Sidney Toledano told Reuters after the show. "You will understand when the announcement is made. The timing is right. Those who know -- don't talk and those who talk, do not know."

The rumor mill has been in overdrive during Paris Fashion Week with endless speculation about who could replace Galliano after media reports indicated negotiations with early favorite Marc Jacobs were not going well.

Other names in the frame include Alexander Wang, but fashion critics say the designer's urban and masculine style might not be right for couture.

Women's Wear Daily published a story this week quoting Toledano saying the announcement was "weeks away."

If Dior's couture collection -- its first without Galliano -- was panned by critics in July, its spring/summer collection was received with little applause from critics and buyers even though it remained faithful to the label's traditional codes.

"It was not very creative," said Alexandra Golovanoff who hosts a fashion TV show on Paris Premiere channel. "It was like waiting music, you know the kind of music you hear on the phone while you are waiting for your call to be transferred."   Continued...

 
<p>Models present creations by Bill Gaytten for Dior at the end of his Spring/Summer 2012 women's ready-to-wear fashion collection show in Paris, September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>