Bill Gaytten, who has been part of Gallianos eponymous label
for 23 years, spurred speculation that he will be named officially as Gallianos replacement by bowing in the designers place.
Sidney Toledano, John Galliano and Christian Dior
CEO, explained that Gaytten has been leading the design team and oversaw the execution of the mens collection, WWD reported.
Although Toledano rushed backstage to pose for photographs with Gaytten, and a bio of the designer circulated to press lauded his expertise to innovate patterns, cut and drape, Toledano stopped short of indicating Gayttens new title.
As this is essentially a news story based on a bow, we remain sceptical. After all, Gaytten may be reaping the credit due for guiding Galliano through troubled times while the executives finalise the appointment of another designer. If, however, he is to replace his former leader, it could indicate a commitment to maintaining the houses techniques and style.
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