Oscar de la Renta may be paving the way for John Galliano to reenter the fashion world as de la Renta has invited Galliano to spend some time with him in his New York design studio over the next three weeks.
“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,” de la Renta said. “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 re-acclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.” De la Renta expects Galliano to bring a vibrant, talented presence to his design studio.
The three weeks of Galliano’s residency run into fashion week. Asked if he will welcome Galliano’s opinions on his own studio work, de la Renta offered a hearty affirmation. “While I’m working on a collection, I sit with all of my assistants around me,” he said. “I’m not a loner. I listen to everyone. I wish the Virgin Mary would come and sit next to me. I love to be surrounded by people.”
“I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio,” Galliano said. “His support and faith in me is humbling.”
Hats off to Oscar de la Renta. This move may ignite controversy but we believe that everyone in life deserves a second chance.