It’s tough being John Galliano. Going from the golden-boy of the fashion world to an international pariah for an anti-semitic rant couldn’t have been an easy transition. Now, Galliano finds himself in the headlines again – this time for stepping out to this year’s Oscar de la Renta Fashion Week showcase, dressed as an ultra-orthodox Jew.
It’s a bold move for someone who famously slurred “I love Hitler” on camera at a Parisian cafe. A less understanding public would almost certainly take John’s attempt at “Hasidic couture” as the icing on an already anti-semitic cake. But we, astute observers of the human condition that we are, see this for what it is – a act of contrition from a penitent, thoughtful, and not at all narcissistic soul.
“Look at me!” he’s probably saying (although in fairness, when isn’t he saying this?) “I get you people! Now, I too have experienced persecution! Here, let me make it up to you; I’ll take your drab jackets, your wide-brimmed hats, and your curly-hair thingies, and make them look fabulous! See? I’m just like you, only sexier!”
Well, John, you ridiculous mess – Apology accepted. Can’t wait to see you at Yom Kippur services this fall.
UPDATE: Looks like NY Post fashion editor Serena French totally seriously, no joke, thinks so, too. Huh.