Is Galliano Being Primed To Replace Oscar De La Renta When He Retires?

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While John Galliano stayed behind-the-scenes rather than sit front row at Oscar de la Renta's fall '13 show yesterday, many attendees saw his influence in the collection, from the styling to the beauty looks to the fantastic, dramatic gowns. According to The NYT, Galliano so expressly had a hand in the show that he led an hours-long seminar on how to tie the belts that adorned the suits that opened the show. For a designer whose descent from Dior, his label, and the well wishes of many within the industry was so swift, the beautiful collection was an exercise in cognitive dissonance. What was Galliano doing at one of the most beloved American labels? Why was he allowed to have so much influence over the collection despite his "intern" status?

It seems that some in the industry are not only ready to forgive and forget, but also willing to further Galliano's career. Though the 80-year-old de la Renta hasn't said he plans to retire, he has hinted that Galliano would be on his short list. Said de la Renta to New York Magazine, "I think John is one of the most talented men I've ever met. I like him very much. […] I would love for him to stay. Will he? I cannot tell you that today. Because we haven't gone that far in really discussing it." Galliano already has Anna Wintour's stamp of approval (it was the editor-in-chief herself that recommended de la Renta invite Galliano to New York to help him with his fall collection). Galliano's anti-Semitic rantings are still fresh in many people's minds, and it'll be interesting to see how an industry arguably based on aesthetics (and not, say, words) will handle it all. (The Cut)

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