Huffpost Style

John Galliano 'Hasidic' Outfit Riles Critics (PHOTO, POLL)

Posted: Updated:
Print

Just when he seemed to be inching his way back into fashion's good graces, John Galliano finds another way to offend.

The designer, in town for Fashion Week, was seen exiting a Manhattan townhouse on Wednesday wearing a long black jacket, a black hat and a carefully curled hairstyle that looked remarkably like peyos... you know, the curly sidelocks that are an ultra-Orthodox Jewish style signature.

The Hasid-like outfit was an ill-advised choice for Galliano, who was infamously fired from his Christian Dior job after a series of anti-Semitic rants. The New York Post blasted the designer's fashion statement, splashing the photo across the front page with the headline "SHMUCK! Jew-bash Designer's Costume Mocks Faithful."

"He’s trying to embarrass people in the Jewish community and make money on clothes [while] dressed like people he has insulted," Williamsburg community leader Isaac Abraham told the Post.

A rep for the designer told the Post, "Your accusations are not at all correct."

Yet it's plain to see how it could be interpreted as offensive. Galliano's style tends towards the flamboyant, but sidelocks still aren't too common among the non-Jewish set. Between the hair and the hat, perhaps Galliano could have predicted that the photos would ruffle some feathers.

Whether he intended to offend or not, the timing is poor. Yesterday, Galliano made his long-awaited return to design with at Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2013 show, having been invited by de la Renta to take an informal residency at his design house and contribute to the collection.

Reviews for the collection were glowing; not so much for Galliano's own fashion choice.

See a photo of the outfit in question. Do you take issue with Galliano's get-up?

Quick Poll

Do you find John Galliano's outfit problematic?

VOTE

john galliano hassidic

See more of Galliano's flamboyant style:

Close
John Galliano's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Want more? Be sure to check out HuffPost Style on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram at @HuffPostStyle.
--
Do you have a style story idea or tip? Email us at stylesubmissions@huffingtonpost.com. (PR pitches sent to this address will be ignored.)

Around the Web

Disgraced Designer John Galliano Dressed As A Hasidic Jew For Fashion Week

New York fashion week: John Galliano makes his presence felt at Oscar de la ...

What's Next for John Galliano?

Jew-bash designer Galliano's costume mocks faithful

Oscar De La Renta: “I Would Love Galliano To Stay”

John Galliano to Maybe Teach, Michelle Williams Covers AnOther Magazine ...

Oscar de la Renta on John Galliano, Cathy Horyn, and Wanting to Dress ...

First Louboutin, Now This: Is Galliano Transitioning To Teaching?