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No rumor mill has worked harder than the one churning out possible successors for Donatella Versace at Versace.
In the past few months especially, the industry can’t stop speculating who will be the one to take the reins at the famed Italian house. First it was former Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci who was believed to be the frontrunner — but that notion was eventually dispelled. Then it was Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White, who was rumored to be in the running, but that gossip was shut down almost as quickly as it came about.
Next up: Louis Vuitton’s men’s artistic director Kim Jones — the Englishman who made that Supreme x LV collab happen — is taking a turn in the hot seat. According to a report by WWD, Jones is being considered for the role, but there’s a slight hiccup involving his contract with Louis Vuitton; Jones just re-signed with the French fashion house last year. A representative for Versace tells The Hollywood Reporter that the house does not comment on rumors.
Jones began his role at Louis Vuitton in 2011, after designing for his own men’s line for several years. His résumé also includes work for Uniqlo, Mulberry and Alexander McQueen. He received the menswear designer of the year award from the British Fashion Council in both 2006 and 2009.
According to WWD, no deal has yet been struck, so there’s always more time for another rumor to take flight. Stay tuned.
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