It's official: John Galliano, one of the industry's most acclaimed and notorious designers, is making his return to fashion.
Following rumors that began circulating during fashion month, as rumors do, Maison Martin Margiela parent company Only the Brave (OTB) confirmed Monday morning via WWD that Galliano would be taking over creative direction of the French fashion house.
That includes couture as well as men's and women's ready-to-wear, according to the trade. His first designs are expected to be shown in January during Paris Couture Week.
This is big news: It's fair to say the industry has been waiting with baited breath to see if and when Galliano would stage a comeback since his dismissal from Dior and his eponymous label in 2011. Since then, he's stayed relatively under the radar, save for a few interviews in which he's tried to explain his behavior and outlined the steps he's taken to heal and control his addiction issues. And while the 2011 events undoubtedly tarnished his name, there were still people in the industry ready to give him a second chance, including Oscar de la Renta, where he worked for about three months.
Margiela has been designed by an anonymous team since its founder left in 2009, and is certainly not the first place we would have bet on Galliano going. He's known for more of a feminine, romantic and embellished look, while Margiela tends to be more surreal and deconstructed. Regardless, we can't wait to see what he does there. Oh, and neither can Kanye West.