John Galliano’s involvement with Oscar de La Renta’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection created more column inches than any other story at last season’s New York Fashion Week. Featuring several of Galliano's signatures including tiny nipped in waists, deep fabric folds and dramatic headpieces, the partnership proved fruitful with rave reviews. While we knew that Mr de la Renta had left the door open for future collaboration, suggestions have surfaced this morning that Galliano is in talks with the New York designer about a more permanent position.
Speaking to WWD, Alex Bolen, Oscar de la Renta's CEO, commented on the speculation. 'As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John's talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.'
So is the plan for Galliano to take the reins at the fashion house once de la Renta has retired? Apparently no, according to Oscar himself. 'Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me?' he said in January. 'Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time.'
Whatever the answer, it's certainly aiding Mr Galliano's return to the fashion world. With his tell-all interviews generating a certain level of sympathy for the designer and with support from some of the biggest names in fashion including Anna Wintour, the time could indeed be ripe for JG to make his fashion comeback. However, if the recent petitions against his appointment as a guest lecturer at Parsons are anything to go by, there still may be a long way to go before he can reclaim his position as fashion’s most theatrical designer.
Let's break it down with a closer look at the Galliano Comeback...
1. The Scandal - February 25th 2011
Dior announces that it has suspended creative director John Galliano following his arrest over an alleged anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris bar. The same day a video of Galliano on similar rant is released and then licensed to The Sun.
2. Paris Fashion Week March - 2011
Galliano's spectacular fall is the story of the fashion season. Later in the month Dior announced it had begun procedures to dismiss the designer. Galliano apologises 'unreservedly' for his behaviour and enters rehab.
3. The Wedding - July 1st 2011
Kate Moss marries Jamie Hince wearing a dress made by Galliano. He later said, 'Creating Kate’s wedding dress saved me personally because it was my creative rehab. She dared me to be me again.'
4. Conviction - 8th September 2011
Galliano found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks and ordered to pay a total of €6,000
5. Anna Wintour Power - July 2012
Galliano was pictured lunching with Vogue US Editor in Chief. The meeting came hot on the heels of reports that Galliano had met with Grace Coddington the previous April.
6. The New York Connection - February 2013
Galliano works with New York designer Oscar de la Renta to create his A/W 2013 collection. During fashion week Galliano is pictured on the cover of the New York Post wearing what the paper described as 'Hasidic costume.'
7. Galliano the Tutor - May 2013
Rumours that Galliano is set to be instated as a tutor at both Central Saint Martins and Parsons - both top fashion colleges circulate. Galliano is spotted doing his regular crit (which has been longstanding commitment) at CSM, but no more permanent position is announced. Parsons announce Galliano will be taking a three-day masterclass, but students protest and earlier this month the class is cancelled.
8. The Tell-Alls - June 2013
Any battle against alcohol or drug addiction requires courage, but being forced to face one’s demons in the full glare of the media spotlight is, equally, by no means easy. And so John Galliano’s humility and honesty in his Vanity Fair profile as well as the televised interview with Charlie Rose was certainly admirable, but did it win him sympathy?