The Return of Galliano

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The Comeback Kid.  A mere 3 years after his memorable and foul anti-Semitic rant in 2011 that effectively ended his career at Dior, John Galliano was hired as the creative director of Maison Margiela.  He showed his debut collection in London on January 12 to overall positive and enthusiastic reviews.  Indeed, the collection consisted of a solid blend of the elegant and chic sophistication that Galliano is known for in his red-carpet gowns and the offbeat quirkiness that is Margiela.  The show was well attended by some of fashion’s heavy hitters like fellow designers Christopher Bailey of Burberry and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin as well as super-duper model Kate the Great Moss. 

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My question to you is, are we ready to forgive him?  He gave an interview to Vanity Fair in 2013 where he addressed his actions stating:

 "It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it... I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realize I was so fucking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could."

Genuine and contrite?  Maybe.  While at Dior, Galliano did some amazing things and part of me wants to be excited that he’s back.  Another part of me has a difficult time getting the bad taste of those terrible things he said out of my mouth.  I was never able to look at Kramer the same after his racist meltdown in 2006 during a performance at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory.  Totally ruined Seinfeld for me.  Hollywood certainly seems to have forgiven Galliano as evidenced by Jennifer Aniston wearing a gown from his 1998 signature collection at this year’s SAG awards and Rihanna performing in a Margiela tuxedo at the Grammy’s.  Forgive and let go? Or stay angry and ignore all the invitations to his shows that I don’t get anyway?