Galliano was seen lunching with Grace Coddington earlier this week, and his visit will overlap with New York Fashion Week, which might mean that he’ll pop up at shows or parties, but neither event indicates that he has any plan to take over at de la Renta. Yet in a profile about de la Renta, a writer from the Telegraph speculates that Galliano is a “prime candidate” to succeed the 80-year-old designer:
“So why is de la Renta giving him a second chance? One reason is that Galliano is the most gifted designer of his generation. Furthermore, as these pictures above show the Englishman’s eye for historical reference, drama and drape is not a million miles removed from the de la Renta aesthetic. Aged 80, and still at the helm of a house enjoying a surge in sales both at home and abroad, de la Renta needs a successor. If his rehabilitation continues, Galliano might well be the prime candidate.”
Well, that’s just incorrect, isn’t it? De la Renta himself denied retirement and succession plans just last week in WWD‘s initial report:
“Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me? Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time.”
Got it? Good.