John Galliano Returns With Oscar de la Renta's Help

“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent. He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.” — Oscar de la Renta

Photos by Keystone Press

Stripped of his metals, titles and garments on the racks, it looks like Oscar de la Renta is helping John Galliano rebuild his career in fashion with a three-week residency at his New York headquarters. Following an outburst of anti-Semitic remarks made two years ago at a Paris cafe, Galliano has since fallen under the radar with little sign of ever returning. After being fired from the house of Dior and stepping away from his namesake label, Galliano has stayed far, far away from the spotlight until now.

“I am an alcoholic. I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt,” shared the designer in an exclusive interview with WWD.

Recognized for his over the top, unforgettable and often groundbreaking runway shows at Christian Dior, Dior Couture and his own label, Galliano’s spark has been missed since his string of dark days.

Through the support of The Anti-Defamation League, Oscar de la Renta and Vogue‘s Anna Wintour (who is rumoured to have orchestrated the residency), the British designer might soon be making a major comeback. “I think John is doing all the right things. Everyone in life deserves a second chance, especially someone as talented as John. I think that life is about forgiving and helping people.…I think John is doing all the right things,” shared de la Renta.

With New York Fashion Week just around the corner, don’t expect to see a Galliano x ODLR collaboration hit the runway nor an announcement of de la Renta’s retirement. But if all goes according the plan, perhaps we’ll be the return of Galliano next season.