RUMOURS linking John Galliano with the creative directorship at relaunched label Schiaparelli are untrue, his spokesperson told us this morning. The suggestions - made by WWD and later picked up by other media sources yesterday - are "just rumours and nothing more".
Schiaparelli's owner, Tod's chief Diego Della Valle - who aquired the brand in 2007 and has since been rumoured to be enlisting designers including Brit Giles Deacon to relaunch the label - also confirmed that the stories were untrue.Galliano has been linked with several roles since leaving his position at Christian Dior in March 2011 - from being a prospective candidate for a Topshop designer collection, as mooted by Sir Philip Green himself; to returning to helm Dior following his recovery - as fashion names including Manolo Blahnik and Franca Sozzani said they hoped he would. He designed his long-time friend Kate Moss' wedding dress in July 2011, despite no longer designing professionally - but his spokesperson insists fashion is not his current focus.
"The treatment will be long and arduous - and ongoing for a long time in the future - but he is humble, apologetic and hopeful that he can recover," his spokesperson told us at the time of his trial in 2011. "He will continue to receive treatment for his illness and hopes in time to embrace a more positive future, based on forgiveness and understanding."