Galliano – The Comeback Kid?

Just three short years ago, superstar fashion designer,John Galliano was fired from the House of Dior after being found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris cafe. After the Parisian criminal court handed down the guilty plea for two counts of the offence under French law; one in February of 2011 and one in October of 2010, the nagging question on fashion insider’s minds has been, “Would the mega-talented Galliano ever be able to rise from the ashes of his own self-inflicted inferno?” The answer this week is a tentative yes, as the designer has just been named Creative Director of Paris-based Maison Martin Margiela.

Galliano’s 15 year pristine career stint at Christian Dior imploded after he was captured on video hurling anti-Semitic remarks toward patrons in a bar in Paris’s historic Jewish quarter. He did not receive a jail sentence but was instead given suspended fines after the court accepted his sincere apology for his actions, for which he blamed alcohol and drugs.

During his stellar tenure at Dior, Galliano led the way with fashion trends such as Geisha-like dressing, newspaper prints which were famously worn by Sarah Jessica Parker on the HBO series Sex & The City, and his famous saddle bag. Also during his fifteen year Dior stint, Galliano earned the enviable status as one of Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s favorite designers. Since being ousted, justifiably, from Dior, Galliano has been embattled in court cases, has stayed out of the public eye for the most part, did a quick offering at Oscar de la Renta, and created Kate Moss’ wedding dress.

Renzo Rosso, head of Margiela’s parent company OTB group, told Women’s Wear Daily, ” “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic, creative soul, and John Galliano is one of the greatest undisputed talents of all time. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create.”

I know what I believe can be forgiven and what can be forgotten. It is for each and every person to decide that for themselves too. But I will say it is undeniable that John Galliano has talent and deserves to make a living. We all have the freedom to support him, or not, with the money we make at our jobs, with the words we write in our blogs, our fashion editorials, and the photographs we take at shows.

When I think of the stupid things I’ve done in my life, said and wish I could take back, especially when drunk. I mean, who among us could really cast the first stone. Some of us could use a tiny pebble and some of us…. a boulder. All in all, we have the power to support or ignore this gentleman’s comeback. Love, HauteAngel


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