FRIENDS IN DEED: John Galliano’s debut at Maison Martin Margiela today is to be witnessed by a number of his famous peers.

According to sources, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey and milliner Stephen Jones are among the designers expected to attend the French label’s Artisanal couture show, with a new office tower in central London the chosen venue for Galliano’s comeback after racist and anti-Semitic outbursts in 2011 led to his spectacular flameout.

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Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, along with filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, are also said to be on the guest list. The show, rescheduled for 4:30 p.m., overlaps two men’s shows, Tiger of Sweden and Nasir Mazhar, and a C.P. Company presentation, as the men’s shows in the British capital wind up.

Meanwhile, buzz around Galliano’s work for Margiela is set to last long after the lights go down. On Jan. 25, Galliano’s appointment at Margiela will be the focus of a podcast to be aired by TuneIn Radio.

The podcast is part of a series created by Debra Scherer, a former Vogue editor and founder of the creative agency The Little Squares, and produced and distributed by TuneIn. It addresses Galliano’s appointment at Margiela as well as “the lost role of criticism” in fashion and the “new awkward relationship” between fashion and tech.

As part of a wider editorial project, Scherer did a shoot with vintage pieces by Margiela and Galliano from the late Nineties. In the podcast she talks about how similar the designers’ aesthetics have always been.

“All you really have to do is take a John Galliano jacket and turn it inside out, and you have a Margiela jacket. And there was a certain Margiela dress…a beautiful silk dress cut on the bias, like it could be John. With the distance now I realize how in tune with each other they actually were,” Scherer said in the podcast.

“It was really interesting to go back and actually look at the pieces together. They definitely have a lot more in common than one would think,” Scherer added.

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