John Galliano, who’s been working with Oscar de la Renta on his Fall 2013 collection the past few weeks, chose to stay behind the scenes at last night’s show. Even as the models were getting prepped backstage, Galliano kept out of sight.
Leave it to the New York Post, though, to catch the disgraced designer on the way to the show.
Galliano’s outfit–a black felt hat that looks to be from the fall 2013 Galliano menswear collection, a long black dress coat, cropped pants and sturdy black shoes–does look, at first glance, a lot like traditional Orthodox Jewish dress. Galliano’s long hair, curled in pieces, even looks like peyos, the sidelocks worn by Hasidic Jews.
To be fair, Galliano always kinda dresses like a Hasidic pirate. But there’s no question that this outfit–and especially that hat–wasn’t the best look to be papped in after having announced a comeback of sorts and recently settling in New York.
“If it was just anyone else, I wouldn’t know what to say,” Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the Post. “But considering who this guy is, considering his background and what he’s said in the past, let him explain it to all of us: Are you mocking us?”
The Post‘s fashion writer, Serena French, doesn’t think it’s mockery. She writes that Galliano’s outfit was “a form of atonement,” that he was “he was attempting to show sympathy and a connection with the very people he has offended.”
That seems like a bit of stretch to us.
Galliano’s rep, Liz Rosenberg (who, um, we’re assuming is Jewish and okay about working with Galliano), assured the paper that his outfit wasn’t intended to be mockery. “Your accusations are not at all correct,” she said. We don’t think Galliano wore this outfit intionally–to mock or make amends. This is just how he dresses. And the Post is just doing what they do best: stirring shit up.