Yesterday, WWD published just two lines announcing Derek Lam’s exit from Tod’s after six years as the brand’s creative director. Today, they’ve added to their story, reporting that Lam’s contract would have been up in September, meaning he left early, and also this: “Lam’s departure coincides with continued speculation that John Galliano was in talks with the Italian firm to either do a Tod’s capsule collection or revamp its Schiaparelli brand. However, Della Valle firmly dismissed the rumors.”
It looks like the trade paper took Suzy Menkes‘ slap on the wrist quite seriously, burying what is a very juicy, very newsy nugget in a follow up report about something entirely different. Newsy because Schiapparelli’s the subject of the Met’s upcoming exhibit, but also because the world (the fashion world, at least) is dying to know what Galliano’s up to. The disgraced designer hasn’t been seen since Kate Moss’ wedding last summer. Who would ever guess that Galliano—who was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks in public—would be closer to finding a job than LVMH is to finding a designer for Dior?
Of course, though WWD reports the talks are “continuing,” it’s worth noting that they end with Della Valle’s insistent denials. After all, who would want to admit to considering hiring Galliano after his explosive dismissal?