While some fashion designers are busy working on their spring/summer 2013 collections for the upcoming Fashion Week, we at Fashion Glamour can’t help but think about former Dior creative director John Galliano – the man who famously went on an anti-Semitic rage at a Paris cafe in 2011.
Since then incident, the troubled designer has remained off the radar, quietly recovering from his alcoholism until Oscar de la Renta decided to step in.
In a statement released by de la Renta, he revealed that he has opened his New York design studio for Galliano, who is expected to stay there over the next three weeks. “John and I have known each other for many years and I’m a great admirer of his talent,” de la Renta said.
“He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I’m happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative,” de la Renta added.
At having received this chance and support, Galliano had nothing but gratefulness for de la Renta. “His support and faith in me is humbling,” said the designer.
Meanwhile, Galliano confessed that he’s an alcoholic, but has been in recovery for the past two years. “Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I have caused and I continue to do so,” the 52-year-old British designer said. Despite the controversies he’s been into, Galliano ensured everyone that he remains committed to apologizing to those whom he has offended.
As for the rumor going around that suggests Galliano will be taking over de la Renta’s empire once he retires, it’s false. However, de la Renta did say he’s open to Galliano’s creative input. Whether this is de la Renta’s way of getting Galliano back in top designer shape or just an act of pure kindness, we can’t deny the fact that his romantic and dramatic designs are sorely missed in the industry.
Are you looking forward to Galliano’s return?
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