Oscar de la Renta appeared on CBS This Morning today to chat with his apparent bff Charlie Rose about his new exhibit at the Clinton Library in Arkansas, still wanting to dress the first lady, John Galliano, and, of course, Anthony Weiner (yep, all the bases were covered).
After discussing the exhibit, which includes dresses worn by several first ladies, one first lady in particular was brought up who has yet to wear one of de la Renta’s designs. De la Renta was a better sport about it than he has been in the past, and even praised Obama’s championing of younger designers:
I would love to dress Mrs. Obama. I think she’s a very stylish lady. I’ve seen that there’s a lot of young designers that deserve that chance.
Moving on to John Galliano, who de la Renta famously welcomed into his studio for three weeks before fashion week last season. De la Renta confirms, not so surprisingly, that it was initially Anna Wintour’s idea, and that he was happy to oblige (as people generally are when Anna Wintour has an idea):
Well Anna Wintour asked me if I would have John in my studio for three weeks and I said yes of course. I have known John for 30 years. Over 35 years. And I was happy that I gave him that second chance and I hope that he will survive all of this because he’s an extremely talented man.
And since it’s a hot news topic to which he has some connection, de la Renta was also asked to comment on the Anthony Weiner scandal and his wife Huma Abedin‘s decision to stand by him. De la Renta, who designed Abedin’s wedding dress, almost seemed less forgiving of Weiner than he was of Galliano:
I feel very, very sorry for Huma, because I think she’s a wonderful, great girl. You know I think in life, people do deserve a second chance. A third and a fourth? I doubt it.
We can’t disagree. And are kind of touched by how supportive of and sympathetic for his friends de la Renta seems to be.