Despite earlier reports suggesting John Galliano would eventually be invited back to the helm of his namesake label, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault told the New York Times‘ Cathy Horyn that the disgraced designer is not welcome at LVMH.
“He will not be working for LVMH,” Arnault said after the Dior Homme show in Paris on Saturday. He also revealed that Galliano’s longtime assistant Bill Gaytten is taking over as the creative director of the namesake label. (Gaytten bowed at the Galliano menswear show yesterday.)
Although other executives at the luxury conglomerate seem to have a bit of sympathy for Galliano, at least according to what they told Horyn on Friday, Arnault’s disgust with the designer hasn’t waned. The ceo said that after Galliano’s dismissal for racial slurs, he was offended that the designer “didn’t have the simple politeness to contact me.”