Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesJohn Galliano.
Like many in the fashion world, “Style me” was shocked by the decision to terminate John Galliano
, following allegations of an anti-Semitic outbursts. John; who is just one of the biggest and most powerful names in the fashion industry, has been working his way back into the game, and continuing to assert his credibility, and win his fans by creating beautiful couture designs like only an innovator of his kind can. Style me looks forward to seeing what new comes from the fashion powerhouse.
By: Akika Parker
History Of the Designer:
A cloud currently hangs over John Galliano’s legacy as well as the future of his namesake line, following his firing in the wake of allegations of anti-Semitic outbursts. Though executives from parent group LVMH have made a point of noting the label is open for business, it remains to be seen if and when the man himself can recover professionally. If his fall from grace has been spectacular, so at his best are his skills as a designer. Born in Gibraltar and brought up in England, Galliano—who was made a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
in 2001—has been known for his mesmerizing clothes and presentations since 1984, when his French Revolution
-themed graduation collection at Central Saint Martins launched him onto the international scene at the age of 24. Three years later, the self-described “club kid” from South London was named British Designer of the Year
. He was so honored three more times in the 1990’s.
Here’s what the New York times reported:
In a Friday morning surprise, Oscar de la Renta
announced he had invited Mr. Galliano to take up temporary residency in his design studio on West 42nd Street
. Mr. Galliano, who left the house of Dior
in disgrace in 2011 following the exposure of anti-Semitic
outbursts at a French cafe, will even be welcomed to contribute to the development of Mr. de la Renta’s fall collection over the next few weeks, according to a report
in Women’s Wear Daily
Mario Anzuoni/ReutersOscar de la Renta.
At the time of Mr. Galliano’s downfall, many people — editors and retailers included — speculated that the designer would never work in fashion again, but there have been mounting examples in recent months of those who have publicly supported him, including Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington of Vogue. Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, said in a post on the magazine’s Web site on Friday that she was delighted by the news.
“Oscar de la Renta is the king of uptown style and John Galliano the prince of romantic glamour, so it should be a magical match,” Ms. Shulman said. “I am delighted John’s returning to fashion.”
The move will almost certainly invite controversy, but the question is just how much. As far as a comeback strategy, working for Mr. de la Renta in a casual capacity, practically an intern, is, in effect, a way of testing the waters. Mr. de la Renta’s business is privately owned and his reputation, despite the occasional picking of a fight with a first lady or a fashion critic, is that of a gentleman. And Ms. Wintour, who is close to both designers and has reportedly been seeking opportunities for Mr. Galliano, is likely to be a powerful ally should anyone protest.
Mr. Galliano, one of the greatest design talents of contemporary fashion, has also sought treatment for alcoholism over the last two years and has apologized for the events. In comments to WWD, he said Mr. de la Renta’s support was “humbling.”
Mr. de la Renta told the paper that he was not concerned about potential backlash. “I think John is doing all the right things,” he said. “Everyone in life deserves a second chance, especially someone as talented as John. I think life is about forgiving and helping people.”
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Posted by: Akika Parker