Galliano Reemerges Chez Oscar De La Renta

Since his much publicized meltdown two years ago, designer John Galliano has kept a very low profile — which makes news of his recent visit to Oscar de la Renta’s studio all the more intriguing.

Over the next three weeks, the British designer will be dipping his toe back into the world of fashion, WWD reports, by spending time in the New York studio of the godfather of American fashion. The arrangement — more of an unofficial collaboration than an actual partnership — is believed to have been initiated by Anna Wintour, a longtime friend of de la Renta.

“Everyone in life deserves a second chance, especially someone as talented as John,” de la Renta said, when asked about a possible backlash. “I think that life is about forgiving and helping people.…I think John is doing all the right things.”

With Galliano in New York, the menswear collection of his namesake label will show in Paris today, under the creative direction of Bill Gaytten. The former Dior designer’s next move has been the topic of much speculation, but de la Renta was quick to offer that Galliano won’t be taking over for the 80-year-old any time soon. “Am I retiring? Is John going to replace me?” the designer scoffed. “Certainly not. I hope to be around for a long time.”

Though the designer resists, there is something to be said about the similarities between the famously theatrical Galliano and one of America’s greatest showmen. Only time will tell.
Image: John Galliano poses with models at the Spring/Summer 2010 show for the house of Christian Dior. Photo by Francois Guillot, AFP/Getty Images.