John Galliano’s residency at Oscar de la Renta might move into something more permanent.
With such a warm reception from the fashion community for their collaboration and Galliano’s media blitz following the announcement with pieces in Vanity Fair and an interview with Charlie Rose, the house seems to be in search of a formal position to give to the former Dior designer. In a statement released Wednesday, Oscar de la Renta chief executive officer Alex Bolen said, “As we have said before, we are deeply impressed with John’s talent and would love to find a way to work with him in the future. To date, we have not found that way.” But there was no word from Galliano who was said to be away on vacation.
The pair set off a media firestorm when de la Renta announced Galliano’s position as a designer in residence for his Fall 2013 collection. It turned into the show that wasn’t to be missed as Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Diane von Furstenberg, Barry Diller, and Mario Testino filled the front row to show their support of the collection described as “a tale of two designers, it had mystery, suspense, harmony, beauty, optimism — and some truly great clothes,” according to Women’s Wear Daily.
The pair has great respect for one another, and genuinely seemed to enjoy working together. “I work with people. I don’t work by myself. It’s so wonderful to have somebody with an eye,” de la Renta said. “He’ll show me something and we talk about it. We have a great love affair.”
Galliano isn’t waiting by the phone in the meantime. Though his “Show Me Emotion” master class from Parson The New School for Design dropped back in May, British actor Stephen Fry has commissioned the disgraced designer to create the costumes for the actor’s upcoming production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” next fall.
We’re wondering how de la Renta’s and Galliano’s bromance will grow, as the coutrier has continually expressed his desire to create though we doubt he will succeed ODLR as he plans to be around for a long time. “I really don’t know the answer to that. I mean, I’m able to create. I’m ready to create,” he said during his interview with Rose. “I’m feeling fit. I’m feeling good. It really all depends on these steps I’m taking. And I mean, I hope that through my atonement that I’ll be given a second chance.”