Two and a half years after being let go from Dior and his namesake label, John Galliano has yet to land at any permanent position. He was rumored to be teaching, but Parsons cancelled his scheduled workshop. There are rumors he may design costumes for a West End production. But so far his strongest re-entrance to the fashion world has been his three-week stint with Oscar de la Renta. And WWD is now reporting that Galliano is in talks to continue his relationship with the New York-based designer... maybe permanently.
Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen gave the trade the following statement:
As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John’s talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.
De la Renta has been outspoken in his support of the disgraced designer over the past year, in addition to expressing openness to having him back in his studio. Of course, we also wonder if Anna Wintour, who had a hand in setting Galliano up with de la Renta in the first place, is encouraging the continuation of their relationship.
In recent interviews, Galliano has expressed interest in getting back into design. He told Vanity Fair, "I have rediscovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive." He also told Charlie Rose, “I’m able to create. I’m ready to create. I’m feeling fit. I’m feeling good."
There's of course speculation that Galliano will succeed de la Renta at the label. However, de la Renta has been denying retirement rumors for years.
If Galliano does wind up accepting a permanent role at OdlR, it would go against Cathy Horyn's suggestion that he forge his comeback on his own, without the help of de la Renta or Wintour.
Which path do you think he'll choose?