With dignity and respect he has stepped up to this most challenging of roles, and has come out the other side with a fan base of his own.
Sunday's John Galliano show, the first without its founder, had a stripped back guest list and a pared down atmosphere. The focus here was on the clothes rather than the theatre that Galliano loved. Gaytten concentrated on the house archive to bring corsage embroidered dresses, tablecloth check skirts, neat jackets and palazzo pants with all the requisite frill and flounce.
For many, it's Galliano's gowns that hold the biggest sway and Gaytten retained that lightness and romance with beautiful diaphanous, embroidered slips.
When asked by the New York Times whether he wanted to inject his own vision in to the label he said, "my honest opinion is that there is a certain amount of self expression here, but not that much. It is about the theme of the show, the code of the house, the client and the customers. It's not like an artist up in an attic working on a painting alone or writing alone. This is a big team, where everyone has an opinion, so my job is to coordinate and unify. It's not that much about me." The house is very lucky to have this man on board.