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RUMOR: Riccardo Tisci Primed to Succeed John Galliano at Dior

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The ink is barely dry on John Galliano's walking papers—served up this morning by Dior following yesterday's video release wherein Galliano declares his love for Hitler—and the front row at Paris Fashion Week, which kicks off today, is already buzzing about his replacement.

An insider source tells Racked that the latest industry rumors peg Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci as Galliano's replacement—an unsurprising career trajectory for Tisci if only because Galliano previously served as chief designer at Givenchy before his appointment to Dior in 1996. "Givenchy is a training ground for Dior," says a source, "just like for Galliano in the 90s."

Tisci's rumored move could clear the way for Bernard Arnault, head of both Dior and LVMH, to hire Haider Ackermann to head up Givenchy—a coup, considering Ackermann has also been scouted by Yves Saint Laurent and named, by Karl Lagerfeld himself, as a potential successor at Chanel.
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