TIME UP?: Julien Macdonald’s days at Givenchy could be numbered, at least that’s the rumor building steam around Paris. Macdonald, who was hired to replace Alexander McQueen, has earned less-than-stellar reviews since he started a year ago at the LVMH-owned house. Sources said LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has begun to consider an eventual replacement strategy. Macdonald’s contract is believed to run through the middle of next year. Who would replace the vivacious Welshman? For the moment, it’s still up in the air, but sources have mentioned Hedi Slimane, the hot men’s wear designer at Christian Dior. Karl Lagerfeld, who has slithered into Slimane’s razor-sharp clothes since he shed some 90 pounds last year, is said to be promoting the idea that Slimane should succeed Macdonald at Givenchy.

ADIEU TO MONTANA: The house of Claude Montana and designer Stephane Parmentier have parted ways after one season, WWD has learned. The short-lived collaboration short-circuited when the two parties failed to see eye to eye. Parmentier earned tepid reviews for his debut collection, for spring. Montana president Beatrice Bongibault said a search for a replacement is under way.

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