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Last night, V special projects editor and Harper's Bazaar blogger Derek Blasberg set off a media firestorm by tweeting that Riccardo Tisci had been confirmed as John Galliano's replacement at Christian Dior. Blasberg's single tweet from backstage at the Katy Perry concert spawned a litany of print "confirmations"—including these from the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard, and Drapers.
Sure, it's totally plausible that Tisci will succeed Galliano at Dior—we even brought you early details on that rumor on March 1st—but now we're just marveling at how one fashion insider's offhand tweet can translate into said-and-done fact for print publications. For the record, Dior has issued neither a confirmation nor denial of Blasberg's tweet. (We're not even entirely sure that luxury French fashion houses are in the business of issuing official statements on tweets—if Dior did provide a formal response to Blasberg's tweet, it might just be a landmark moment for the microblogging platform.)
· @derekblasberg [Twitter]
· Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci tipped to replace John Galliano [Daily Mail]
· Riccardo Tisci set to replace John Galliano at Dior [ES]
· Riccardo Tisci to replace John Galliano at Dior [Drapers]
· RUMOR: Riccardo Tisci primed to succeed John Galliano at Dior [Racked]