Marc Jacobs to take over at Dior?

Designer Marc Jacobs poses backstage with his Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award during the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center on June 6, 2011, in New York. Lady Gaga honored with fashion icon award
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Marc Jacobs on the runway at the end of his fashion show, Feb. 14, 2011, during New York Fashion Week.

(CBS) The fashion world is still speculating on who will succeed John Galliano at Dior, but there's a new top designer leading the pack of potential replacements.

According to Women's Wear Daily, and reported by The Cut blog, Marc Jacobs is in "serious" talks to take over Galliano, who was firedin March over an anti-Semitisim scandal, as the new creative head of the French fashion house.

Pictures: Marc Jacobs on the runway
Pictures: John Galliano

Jacobs, who is currently the creative director at fellow LVMH brand Louis Vuitton and at his eponymous label, would reportedly bring along his longtime business partner, Robert Duffy, if he ends up joining Dior.

The move would also come as Jacobs' contract at Louis Vuitton ends. His position would then possibly be filled by Phoebe Philo, the British designer who transformed Celine back into a profitable brand.

According to WWD, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, who like Galliano, studied at London's Central Sain Martins College of Art and Design, is also still considered a potential candidate.

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