Galliano to return to his own label?
Galliano is currently on trial for ‘public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity’, which is enough to end anyone's career. But fashion seems to be a forgiving industry. According to a well placed fashion journo, the designer is in talks to return to his own label, 'Galliano'. At the time of his arrest, John was fired from both Dior, and Galliano, owned by fashion conglomerate LVMH.
A writer at the New York Times speculated, ‘I know that Sidney Toledano, the chief executive of Dior, urged Mr. Galliano to seek medical help. Mr. Toledano is a decent man. Yet I can’t help but feel that Mr. Galliano’s problems were not sufficiently addressed, nor their potential liability faced, and that something like a status quo existed. His personality and showmanship were definitely part of Dior’s success, and maybe there was a fear of meddling with it.’
She continued, ‘On Thursday, I ran into a number of executives who work with LVMH, and they would speak only on the condition of anonymity because of their close dealings. One individual said there had been casual discussions among LVMH executives about the feasibility of Mr. Galliano returning to his own label. Would the media and the public accept his return? This individual said he thought so. Another executive with whom I spoke had the same view. He cited the appeal of Mr. Galliano’s ultrafeminine fashion and added that in recent years the designer had lost touch with that sensibility (and indeed reality). It became a kind of Lady Gaga show, and he’s more talented than this.'
So what do you think, fashion fans: should Galliano be given another chance?