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.
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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.
A ROYAL PERFORMANCE: Could the Prince of Wales be trying to deflect attention from the media frenzy surrounding the collapsed trial of Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell? One London tabloid, The Express, reported the prince was preparing to star in the comedy “The Play What I Wrote,” directed by Kenneth Branagh. But a spokeswoman for the prince denied the report: “He will be attending the performance on Nov. 21 as it is in aid of The Prince’s Trust, but he certainly won’t be in it.” The production, showing at Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End, features a changing cast of stars, which this week included actor Roger Moore and, previously, Ralph Fiennes, Jerry Hall and Sting.
ANNE KLEIN FUTURES: Charles Nolan has added two key hires to his design team at Anne Klein, naming former Tahari design director Michael Smaldone as vice president of design and Judy Kuipers, who was director of knitwear at Fendi, as design director of knitwear. Rory Green, creative director of Tahari, said Smaldone had left the firm six months ago and had not been replaced.