Longtime Galliano associate takes helm at his own label
A longtime close associate of John Galliano emerged Friday at the creative helm of the label he founded, then lost after his spectacular ouster from Christian Dior.
Bill Gaytten stepped out the shadows to take a bow at the end of the spring-summer John Galliano Homme menswear collection, the first since the celebrated British couturier's sudden fall from grace in February.
"I've worked with John a long time," a bedenimed Gaytten, told reporters backstage.
"I first started (working with Galliano) when I was about 24, 25," he said. "We came to Paris together, we started at Galliano together, we started at Dior together."
Gaytten, who grew up in Oldham, near Manchester in the north of England, turned 51 earlier this month.
Galliano stood trial on Wednesday on charges of spewing racist and anti-Semitic insults at patrons in a Paris cafe, including one video-recorded incident that led to his firing as creative director at Christian Dior.
He was subsequently dismissed from his own label, majority owned by Dior.
A Dior spokesman told AFP that Gaytten was fulfilling the functions of creative director at Galliano, in the absence of a formal corporate announcement of his appointment.
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