John Galliano's dismissal by Christian Dior leaves one of the most prestigious roles in fashion suddenly vacant. The man making the decision about his replacement is Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of LVMH, which owns Dior.
The frontrunner is thought to be the 36-year-old Italian designer Riccardo Tisci, who has won increasing acclaim over the past five years designing Givenchy, another LVMH brand. Tisci is well connected in the Paris fashion world, with close ties to French Vogue.
Were Tisci to land the role, it would be a case of history repeating itself: Galliano was at Givenchy before getting the Dior job.