Marc Jacobs to take Top Design Job at Dior?

The rumor mill reached a fever pitch yesterday over who will succeed John Galliano as creative director of the fashion empire that is Dior, after the designer was cast out earlier this year when he was caught on camera screaming a drunken slew of anti-Semitic slurs. As of yesterday, all points seem to be focused on Marc Jacobs, with Women’s Wear Daily leading the charge by reporting that their sources have revealed that the designer is in “serious” talks with Dior and its parent company, LVMH. With his current contract at Louis Vuitton ending soon, should Jacobs be offered and take the job, this of course has led to more speculation on whether or not his longtime business partner Robert Duffy would make the move with him, and also who should take over at Vuitton once he’s made his exit (the current best bet rumor is Pheobe Philo). However, before you set any of this to memory, know that there are also a number of other candidates vying for the Dior job. Here’s a bit from New York:

Other potential candidates for the job, according to WWD, were Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquière, both of whom felt they couldn’t leave behind their jobs and equity stakes in their respective labels. LVMH also made advances toward Alexander McQueen‘s successor Sarah Burton, but she “is said to have rebuffed overtures.” Haicker Ackermann and Hedi Slimane were also approached, with no deals made. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci is still a candidate.