This week W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi squashed any hopes that we had that John Galliano would be appointed as creative director of Schiaparelli. When big boss Diego Della Valle was asked about it by Cathy Horyn, he wouldn't talk about it:
Asked if he might consider John Galliano, Mr. Della Valle pulled a good poker face. There have been rumors, he said: “One week it’s Galliano, the next it’s someone else.” He expects to hire someone by September. Finding someone with the skill for Schiaparelli is hard enough, but many designers are used to perks and big budgets, and these don’t seem things they will find in a brand trying to create a new experience.
The brand has made no secret of the fact that they are trying to push forward with something new and who could do that better than Galliano? As The Cut put it, it's unlikely that he will reap the perks that he had at Dior but the opportunity sounds like just what he needs to make a comeback.
When Tod's announced that Derek Lam is departing the brand yesterday in WWD, they refrained from giving a reason for the split. Naturally, then, many quickly began to speculate that Lam was fired from the company and today they released this statement.
“Following the rumors of an alleged termination of the collaboration between Tod’s and Derek Lam, the company confirms that the agreement between the parties is set to terminate on 30/9/12. In the meantime, Tod’s is in the process of evaluating its options, considering that, based on the company’s future development plans, the role of the Creative Director of Tod’s will be central and even more important. The choice will therefore be directed toward an individual with great creative talent and able to commit the necessary amount of time to the success of the brand.”
Far from refuting the rumours, the statement has actually added fuel to the fire. The last line in particular suggests that Diego Della Valle wasn't happy with Lam's commitment to the brand.