Bizarre indeed. Ackermann was one of many names tossed into the ring as a possible successor to Galliano but was never one of the ones that stuck. It is worth noting that Ackermann did, of course, intern for Galliano, and told WWD of the experience that it was “the best study ever.” He also has admitted that he’s turned down nine different offers from various houses (but he’s mum on who they’ve been from) but said, “I would, at a certain point, accept a house which might fit me and which I would feel comfortable with–but there are not many.” When we asked him this past June what it would take to get him to take on a creative director position for a big house he told us, “That we both look at the same direction and have the same dreams…that those persons should not look at me and me not look at them but we both look a certain direction and have the same goal together.”
Could Dior’s dreams and directions have aligned with Ackermann’s? On verra…
Vogue UK got wind of the same information, and point out that Dior HQ and Ackermann HQ are three and a half miles from each other. The flowers, they infer, were probably not delivered by accident.
UPDATE: We just got word that Haider Ackermann has been looking to hire a new fulltime assistant. Not for his eponymous label, we hear (he already has an assistant there), but for something new…Nothing is confirmed at this point. And the plot thickens yet again.