Galliano Fall 2013: Bill Gaytten Soldiers On
One thing needs to be said, it’s not easy to be Bill Gaytten right now. After Galliano’s “Hasidic” incident in the tabloids, Gaytten is somewhat treated like the son of a dictator. Gaytten is, in many ways, the polar opposite of Galliano.
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Bill Gaytten's John Galliano Resort Collection Was Inspired by...The Fannings?
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More Dior Rumors: Bill Gaytten Signed On For Six More Seasons and Raf Simons Asked For Too Much Money
Those hoping for a Dior announcement this week may not want to hold their breath. In a blog post based purely on rumor and speculation (sorry, Suzy), Hint Mag claims that Dior CEO Sidney Toledano has just signed on Bill Gaytten, who most assumed would only be a temporary replacement, for six more seasons as creative director. Hint's source claims that Raf Simons, a frontrunner who we assumed would take the reigns after his departure from Jil Sander, was close to an agreement with Dior until he asked for too high a salary. This reportedly "outraged" Toledano, so he halted the company's search for new talent and instead gave Gaytten the job for three more years.
Raf Simons Probably Not Going To Dior; Jil Sander Confirms Founder's Return
Following yesterday's confirmation that Jil Sander and Raf Simons would be parting ways, the company has just confirmed to WWD, officially, that Jil Sander will return to the label she founded 44 years ago. "I am very happy and excited to be back," she told the paper. "It feels like coming home after a brief journey." According to a separate WWD report, retailers are happy about the news, suggesting that the label might have more commercial success with Sander at the helm, even if Raf Simons' collections were always beloved by critics. While we're bummed to see him go (and especially curious to see what he sends down the runway tomorrow), we thought he'd make an interesting successor to Galliano at Dior--he was reportedly in negotiations to take the reins at the French house just a couple of months ago. However, it's looking more and more like that's not happening.
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Report: Bill Gaytten Is Designing Three Collections Ahead for Dior, So When Will LVMH Announce a New Creative Director?
Haute couture kicks off next week, and with its approach comes more musing about creative director-less Dior. Critics panned interim director Bill Gaytten's first efforts at couture for the house and today, the AFP wonders how long Dior can thrive without a couturier. Sure sales are up 27 percent, which, the article notes, has served to "limit fallout from the Galliano scandal," but we've yet to see real sales figures from Gaytten's designs, which will be in stores in the coming months. Still, according to experts quoted in the AFP story, Dior can hold on without a creative director for a few season thanks to the diversity of the brand and it's strong design "codes" like the bar suit and nipped waists.