John Galliano is back in the headlines, if only for a moment. Amid the myriad rumors regarding who would replace him at Dior, Galliano himself has remained under the radar. Earlier this week, however, he managed to resurface. Within the more pressing story of Derek Lam’s departure from Tod’s, WWD casually threw out this little item:
Lam’s departure coincides with continued speculation that John Galliano was in talks with the Italian firm to either do a Tod’s capsule collection or revamp its Schiaparelli brand. However, Della Valle firmly dismissed the rumors.
Those two sentences ignited a round of speculation over whether or not the alleged move to Schiaparelli was true. Would Galliano actually find a new position before his old one was filled? And if he did, would that throw the entire fashion world off it’s axis?!
Luckily, Vogue UK put our angst-ridden minds to rest today by announcing that Galliano’s spokesperson has confirmed that the rumors are in fact “untrue”. Diego Della Valle, chief at Tod’s and owner of Schiaparelli since 2007, also reiterated that the rumors were false. He added that he has been considering several designers for the role (including Giles Deacon) but that Galliano has never been a candidate. Guess we should have listened to him in the first place.