The Verdict on Galliano: What His Friends In The Biz Think Now
full John Galliano’s has hit the web, and since we already got wind of the disgraced designer’s Vanity Fair interview most sobering quotes, we were most intrigued by what some of the industry’s biggest names had to say in his defense.
firm stance in support of Galliano (despite being Jewish herself) to Diane von Furstenberg’s Elton John relating to Galliano through his own struggle with alcoholism, see what the designer’s most fervent supporters had to say:
1.Oscar de la Renta
“John is one of the great talents of our times. It’s always great to have another eye challenging you and we had a wonderful time working together. I think he deserves a second chance, no question about it. If you ask me the question, Would you like to have him again?
2.Diane von Furstenberg
“As a daughter of someone who was in the death camps, I feel like I should be most offended by the remarks he made. But I know the kind of person he is. To portray him as anti-Semitic is completely not true.”
The singer could related to Galliano's struggle with alcoholism:
“I still hear stories from the people who had to put up with me when I was an addict. I’d been up for days on a bender in a London hotel during the worst of my days. I was trying to get some sleep, but couldn’t because it was so windy outside. I phoned my office and told them to call the meteorological office to demand they turn the wind down now! And I was serious.”
The supermodel addressed Galliano’s
controversial “Hasidic” wardrobe explaining his everyday style was misconstrued:
“If John walks in with nothing interesting on, I’m going to know something’s wrong. I don’t want to see him arrive with a short haircut wearing a polo shirt and jeans. No thank you.”
5.Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and C.E.O. of Condé Nast International
"Over the past two years John has courageously taken the steps to recover from the illness and to confront honestly the moral issues which were raised by his conduct while in its grip. He’s done the hard work, from going to meetings to reading the books, to meeting with Jewish leaders. He has actively looked for meaningful ways to make amends."