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It’s Paris fashion week and, off the catwalk, all eyes are on fashion house Christian Dior, said Susannah Frankel in the London Independent. The iconic French brand remains without a creative director seven months after John Galliano was fired for making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris bar, and an announcement about a new head designer appears imminent. American designer Marc Jacobs, who has his own eponymous line and serves as creative director of Louis Vuitton, is the rumored front-runner. Tapping him would be a smart move for Dior, as Jacobs is “considered to have the Midas touch.” His shows are “both critically and commercially successful season after season,” and there are few other designers who possess the “sheer energy and audacity required to take on such a demanding and high-profile role.”

Jacobs has “all but signed the contract to take the Dior mantle,” said Hadley Freeman in the London Guardian. While he will always be known for an infamous grunge show in the early 1990s, Jacobs has long “been catering for a decidedly ritzier customer,” and is now well suited to Dior’s august style. His impressive work at Vuitton has “proven that he can handle being at the helm of a major French label.” Bring on the couture.

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