Have you been following along with the endless rumors about who is or who is not going to be replacing John Galliano at Dior? I have, partly because it’s my job and partly because I love a good, public mess, and it would seem that LVMH is no closer to naming a successor than it was the day it dismissed Galliano over his anti-Semitic verbal attacks against patrons at a Paris café. The latest scuttlebutt is that Raf Simons demanded too large of a salary, and that in a rage, Dior CEO Sidney Toledano signed interim designer Bill Gaytten on for six more seasons.

I don’t know if I believe the particulars of that rumor, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Dior did keep Gaytten around for the foreseeable future. Not only is he less expensive to retain than a “name” designer, but his collections, which critics have derided as too safe and too obviously pretty, are also incredibly wearable. Dior Fall 2012 may not be a conceptual tour de force, but right down to the handbags, I could see wealthy Dior clients wearing basically everything that went down the runway. That’s not always true for collections that are high on concept; after all, Gaytten’s first year at the helm of the brand netted Dior a more than 20% increase in profits, despite the protestations of unimpressed fashion writers the world over. Check out the bags for fall after the jump.

Images via Vogue.com

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  • Lisa

    love! i think bill gaytten has been incredible. and sometimes its nice to wear something “obviously pretty.” its classic dior and reminiscent of the 50′s.

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    Love the plain totes!
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  • Sandra Rowley

    While some of the fur bags would probably stop the average luxury shopper from purchasing, the remainder of the bags are quite lovely.  Seriously, who purchases the crazy stuff anyway?  When you spend that much money on a bag you want something timeless, that is relevant for years to come.

    • Gregoire

      Don’t worry a lot of people is buying this crazy stuff. They have so much money that once they have the classic one, they want the new one, limited and crazy. It is just as simple as that. But it is just a different world.

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  • Xhw

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