Oscar de la Renta’s decision to invite John Galliano for a three-week residency at his studio prior to the fall runway show came with all the ingredients of a real fashion moment: the disgraced designer hoping to reenter the industry; a revered icon of the fashion world and New York society trying to help hasten that process; Anna Wintour’s muscle, and a vote of confidence from the Anti-Defamation League that had many speculating on just how many strings had to be pulled to get this powerful group to weigh in so positively on Galliano’s alleged self-improvement since his anti-Semitic rant in a Paris café.
The show was the most talked-about of the week—would Galliano be backstage tweaking the last few outfits? Would both designers take a runway bow? Is Galliano going to succeed de la Renta right after this show? None of the above happened. There was a rumor that Galliano sat backstage, but he was completely out of sight (although Suzy Menkes was overheard at the show telling someone she ran into him in the restroom).
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"