Last year, John Galliano was everywhere. After hurling anti-Semitic remarks around a Parisian bar ---which mushroom-clouded on the Internet and resulted in his suspension from Dior -- the designer was dragged through a long and public seven-hour trial last June. Though his penalties were slim (and he dodged jail time), Galliano has since laid low, making appearances so scarcely that it sends everyone into a tizzy when he actually shows up somewhere. This time, curiously, it was Los Angeles, where he was spotted having dinner with a top dog at Balenciaga (and where he is rumored to be searching for an apartment.) While the fashion world speculates on his next move --an atelier? a return to his own line? -- we present you with a complete timeline of his public appearances since he left that Parisian courtroom last year. Guess away.
July 21, 2012
Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood is so packed with stars that Madonna would hardly cause anyone to put down their fork. But diners took notice on July 21st when John Galliano strolled into the restaurant with Katherine Ross, who is married to the director of LACMA and is now a “brand consultant” for Balenciaga. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Galliano ran into Diane Kruger there, and spent the next day with his partner, Alexis Roche, visiting friends and telling people that they’re looking for an L.A. apartment. Get ready, West Coast.
July 5, 2012
Bystanders at the Paris Ritz’s restaurant, L’Espadon, were treated to a massive sighting on July 5th: a man who appeared to be Galliano at dinner with Anna Wintour, and her daughter, Bee. One was enterprising enough to snap covert pictures and leak them to the press. The breathless instagrammer, Albert Pang, told The Cut: “If I remember correctly, they hugged. But I couldn’t hear a thing. Then they moved indoors for dinner.”
April 20, 2012
Galliano was reportedly spotted having lunch with Vogue’s Grace Coddington in New York. Tweeted the writer Dana Thomas: “Sighting: John Galliano lunching with Grace Coddington in Manhattan today and telling her that he is ‘thrilled’ with … something!”
March 5, 2012
The former Dior designer was spotted walking in the Marais alone on a Saturday night, and, as WWD reported, ++was wearing++ “a loose beanie over his trademark long hair, which was left hanging and dyed a lighter shade with blonde highlights.”
February 7, 2012
Galliano showed up to celebrate the 50th birthday of an old friend, Jeremy Healy, at Mark Hix in London in February, causing a “flutter” amongst the guests. According to a partygoer who talked to The Post, Galliano was “sober and very demure, but there to support his friend.”
July 11, 2011
Galliano attended Kate Moss’s wedding to Jamie Hince, for which he designed a golden dress with golden paillettes. According to Manolo Blahnik, who was also there, “He didn’t touch a drink – and there was plenty around.” Galliano told Vogue’s Hamish Bowles that designing the dress for Moss “was my creative rehab.”