The latest rumor from Milan Fashion Week is that Christopher Kane, shown, is in contention for the Dior spot still, still, still left open after the departure of John Galliano one year ago. This is not a Marc Jacobs-level rumor (we were all but sure he'd be taking the reins!) but Suzy Menkes writes in the New York Times:

"But what if -- as the rumor mill claims -- Mr. Kane has been put up for the Dior job? There will be yet another round of musical chairs."

In the excellent piece, Everyone Is Guilty For This Mess, Menkes also mentions that Marc Jacob's demands were too high and that is thought to be why he did not end up in the position. Demands too high for Dior... my my my.

With some self-aware irony, Menkes does give twitter, bloggers and the mainstream press - including herself - some of the blame for taking a nugget of a rumor and exploding it into false fact in a matter of hours when it comes to the designer shuffles we've been seeing so much of lately. She references Jil Sander's return to her namesake line, replacing Raf Simons, and Stefano Pilati's exit from Yves Saint Laurent, to be taken on by Hedi Slimane (who was on the original short list for the job). Kim writes about both of those moves here.

Menkes laments the end of the family fashion house and theorizes about the age of the corporate conglomerate and what it all means. It's a very good read.