The designer, who was fired from Dior after an anti-Semitic rant back in 2011, made his return to the fashion community with a new post at Oscar de la Renta — but based on his Hasidic-looking outfit, has he learned anything from his offensive ways?
Disgraced designer John Galliano sent a strong message when he stepped out for the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 Fashion Show in NYC on Feb. 12, when he dressed in a Hasidic-inspired outfit. Wearing a hat, (which appears to be from the fall 2013 Galliano menswear collection), and long jacket with his hair curled in what looks like peyos, (or sidelocks), the designer’s outfit resembles traditional, Orthodox Jewish dress. Although he was just given a second chance and welcomed back into the fashion community by Oscar de la Renta, we have to question whether or not he has learned anything from the racist rant that cost him his head couturier post at Dior back in 2011 and shunned him from the fashion industry.
Galliano Was Shunned In 2011:
Galliano was fired from Christian Dior back in 2011 after a video of the designer spewing anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris cafe went viral. Following the release of the video, the designer was convicted of making racist insults and was ultimately shunned by the fashion industry — that is, until last month, when designer Oscar de la Renta offered the disgraced designer a chance to make amends.
Oscar de la Renta Gives Galliano A Second Chance:
de la Renta invited Galliano to work with him in his midtown studio in NYC in January, where he had a hand in the gorgeous Fall 2013 collection that debuted on the runway last night.
While Galliano’s spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg told the NY Post, “Your accusations are not at all correct,” the Hasidic-looking outfit definitely has us questioning Galliano’s efforts to make amends with the Jewish community and the fashion industry. Sure, the designer is known for his eccentric dressing, but this definitely wasn’t the best look for someone trying to make a comeback in NYC.
“If it was just anyone else, I wouldn’t know what to say,” Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind told the NY Post. “But considering who this guy is, considering his background and what he’s said in the past, let him explain it to all of us: Are you mocking us?”
What do you think of Galliano’s controversial outfit? Do you think he’s just dressing in his eccentric ways or do you think he set out trying to offend?