After taking a two year hiatus to focus on his addictions, Galliano is taking up a three week residency with de la Renta at his New York City studio.
"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…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."
Many believe the residency idea was Anna Wintour's because 1) she's BFFs with Oscar and 2) she helped orchestrate Galliano's comeback in the 90s. And obviously when Anna suggests something she's not asking, she's telling.
Surprisingly, one of John's biggest critics, the Anti-Defamation League, is fully supportive of the idea.
The ADL's national director said:
"We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition. Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his world view and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry."
Galliano is incredibly thankful for de la Renta's offer, telling WWD:
"I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio. His support and faith in me is humbling."
It really does sound like Galliano's turned over a new leaf! But don't you dare think Oscar's going anywhere. The designer added:
"Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me? Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time."
As do we Oscar, as do we.
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