Marc Jacobs to Dior?

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Marc Jacobs in talks to take over at Dior?

As the Spring 2011 shows approach, one (massive) hole is still left in the lineup: LVMH has yet to announce who will fill John Galliano’s shoes at Christian Dior.

In the last six months, the rumor mill has brought up names including Azzedine Alaïa, Riccardo Tisci, and Haider Ackermann to fill the post, but a new report indicates that LVMH heavy hitter Marc Jacobs just might be the man for the job.

“[Bernard Arnault and Marc Jacobs] have met often in recent weeks to discuss the matter,” according to Brazilian Web site Glamurama via Vogue U.K..

Louis Vuitton, helmed by Jacobs, as well as his eponymous line are both part of the LVMH stable, as is Marc by Marc Jacobs—which begs the question: how would Jacobs have the time for Dior?

"Jacobs, the current creative director of Louis Vuitton, renewed his contract with LVMH in January—and it is possible for him to continue in his current position even if he takes over Dior,” Glamurama, which claims to have spoken to sources close to Arnault, reports. “More likely, however, is that he'll end up choosing between one of two. Arnault would prefer him to go to Dior—as the billionaire sees it; Jacobs' image will only be good for the fashion house, which was considerably shaken by the Galliano scandal."

Would Arnault be willing to remove a star designer from the house of Louis Vuitton, though?

As always, we’ll have to wait for the tight-lipped Arnault’s announcement to find out. Watch this space!