They said/We said: John Galliano’s Topshop collaboration, true or false?

Photography by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Photography by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

The media just can’t get enough of John Galliano. Last month Cathy Horyn speculated that he would be reappointed to his signature label, claims that were soon proven untrue after Bill Gaytten got the job as creative director (and let’s see how long that lasts). Today, new rumours have surfaced that the former Dior designer has a new gig.

After designing Kate Moss’s wedding dress and making an unexpected appearance at the nuptials last week, Vogue UK reported that Galliano was in talks with Topshop CEO Sir Philip Green regarding a possible collaboration with the high-street megastore. According to the magazine’s website, a collection similar to the one Moss did a few years back was possibly brought up in conversation between Green and Galliano at the supermodel’s wedding.

So, is there any truth to the rumours? All signs are pointing to no. Both Green and Topshop denied any negotiations, and even though Galliano fans would still jump at the chance to own his designs at an affordable price point, it seems an alignment with the designer now still feels too risky. So, what’s everyone saying?


Vogue UK: “The move would be a fashion resurrection for Galliano, currently awaiting judgment for charges of public insult in Paris, especially as his return would be under the wing of Green, one of the country’s most influential Jewish businessmen.” [Vogue UK]

Topshop: “It’s incredible how rumors get started!” [Twitter]

Sir Philip Green: “I saw John Galliano at Kate’s wedding last Friday. I did not discuss any business with him then, nor have I since.” [Vogue UK]


Randi Bergman, online editor: “I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be true. After all, rumours like this all tend to start off with a denial (let’s not forget Sarah Burton‘s swift denial of designing Kate Middleton‘s wedding dress). I for one, though, am not ready to see Galliano anywhere near a positive spotlight any time soon.”

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