Is Topshop Doing A Collaboration With John Galliano?

It’s a long way from haute couture to the high street, but rumor has it that ousted Dior couturier John Galliano could debut his next collection of clothing at fast-fashion retailer Topshop.

Vogue UK reported Friday that Galliano had some very preliminary talks about such a collection with Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop’s parent company Arcadia. The two are said to have chatted at the three-day bacchanal that was Kate Moss‘s wedding, where Moss no doubt talked up her good friend Galliano as a possible collaborator. And if anyone is in a place to make that recommendation, it’s Moss — the supermodel is perhaps the most famous fashion figure to have designed for the chain.

But a Topshop collection from Galliano would be considerably bigger than that. Not only because he’s a uniquely talented designer, but because he got fired from one of the top jobs in the fashion industry for yelling anti-Semitic epithets while drunk. There’s even a video of him proudly proclaiming, “I love Hitler.” That Green, who is Jewish, is willing to be the architect of Galliano’s return to fashion (even before the verdict of his trial is handed down) speaks highly of the cachet the designer’s name still carries.

Of course, rumors are just rumors. Last month, The New York Times quoted a few LVMH executives as saying that Galliano might return to design his eponymous label, but the company’s chairman Bernard Arnault flatly denied that possibility just days after the rumor was reported.

A spokesperson for Topshop told us the company has no comment on the collaboration at this time. But if we had something this big in the works, we don’t think we would just yet, either.

UPDATE: According to a tweet from ELLE UK, the official word from Topshop’s UK press office is that “they are NOT doing a collab with John Galliano, regardless of what you may have read…” Sorry to tug on your heartstrings, America!

Galliano For Topshop? [Vogue UK]

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