While it was the brainchild of Anna Wintour to have John Galliano take up a provisional residency in Oscar de la Renta’s atelier for a season, we think even the mastermind behind the disgraced designer’s comeback herself would be surprised by his rumored next move: a permanent post at ODLR. According to WWD, the two designers are in talks to take their creative relationship to the next level.
Alex Bolen, CEO of ODLR, released a statement stating:
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.
There’s no question that Galliano isn’t exactly in a place to be too particular with where he lends his talent, what with a failed attempt at a Parson’s teaching stint under his belt, but we imagine Wintour didn’t foresee the Dior visionary riding the coattails of another designer. On the other hand, we’re far less surprised that de la Renta would be courting Galliano so publicly, as he made it very clear to Vanity Fair that the designer would always have an open invitation to his studio.
“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? Yes.”
Personally, we find ourselves echoing Cathy Horyn’s sentiment that if Galliano were to try and make a comeback, the fallen star should strike out on his own. Hiding behind another designer, even if that designer is Oscar de la Renta, is not a good look.
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