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Another day, another story speculating about John Galliano’s successor at Dior. This time it’s Marc Jacobs’ turn, with Vogue reporting that he and his business partner Robert Duffy are in talks with the French fashion house, attempting to negotiate a salary of over $10 million.

Fashion industry bible WWD seems to have the low-down on this rumour, writing: ‘According to sources, Dior president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano is said to have recently spent several days in New York to meet with legal representatives for Jacobs and Duff. The duo is believed to be looking for a salary somewhere in the low eight figures each, plus other benefits.’

The move would see Jacobs leave his position at Louis Vuitton and would require more work, as he’ll be expected to create two couture collections and four ready-to-wear shows a year, on top of his workload for his own Marc Jacobs label.

The role was previously offered to fashion legend Azzedine Alaïa, who turned it down. However Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani believes Mr Galliano himself is still the right man for the job, and should be forgiven for his Hitler-loving outburst and reinstated by Dior. She told the Daily Beast: ‘Look, I understand their point of view. I understand they couldn't just say, 'Bad boy! We forgive you! Come back!' But it's really a pity. And I will never believe he believed what he said. I think he was drunk and alone in a bar. When people go crazy, they go crazy. It's a human case; it's not political or religious. He didn't kill anyone!’

The guesswork continues…

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