Oscar de la Renta is still on the hunt for a new creative director, despite previous rumors that John Galliano was to be hired for a permanent role within the fashion house. The New York-based designer recruited Galliano in early 2013 for a "temporary studio residency," which led to a three-week run in assisting with de la Renta’s Fall 2013 collection. But alas, no such full-time position will come of the brief partnership.
According to a source for Page Six: "It is categorically not happening. Oscar de la Renta is still looking for a new creative director." So, what gives? "The team at Oscar were not willing to put up the money to pay for the design team John needed, such as the cutters and other specialist staff for his atelier. Money was the biggest factor which held up negotiations, and they couldn’t reach an agreement, although John and Oscar remain very good friends. John is grateful that Oscar gave him a second chance."
Whoa, now—that quote is pretty loaded with sound bites. The fact that there were even negotiations in progress means that, at one time, Galliano was a major contender to take over de la Renta’s throne. The fact that it was called off because of fiscal insecurities simply furthers it.
Despite the February 2011 anti-Semitic slur that forcibly removed a shamed Galliano from the industry, there’s no denying that he’s a remarkably talented—though extravagant and expensive—designer. While Oscar de la Renta may have been the first major designer to welcome him back to the fashion world with open arms, we suspect he won’t be the last. Would you like to see Galliano design again? Sound off below!