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It has been a busy week for John Galliano, both the man and the label.
While the man stood trial on Wednesday accused of public insult, the brand dusted itself off on Friday and presented two full collections created collaboratively by the John Galliano creative team without the help of the disgraced designer who was fired in April.
Women's Wear Daily had the first images of the John Galliano women's resort collection, which was not presented in a formal show. The main event, however, was the men's collection for Spring 2012, which was sent walking at a runway show attended by editors in Paris.
The most interesting part -- how much the models themselves looked eerily like John Galliano himself! Coincidence or ploy by current designer Bill Gaytten?
While Wednesday's trial has dominated the media, John Galliano's CEO Pierre Denis told WWD that the brand intends to rise above:
"There has been a lot of interest, a lot of appointments booked, so we will see [...] Obviously it has been a complicated year, but people are keen to support the house, and we are producing great collections. I hope this will be reflected in the sales."
It may help that key members of the media favor a Galliano comeback. Cathy Horyn of the New York Times wrote today that Galliano deserves a second chance, and reported that some executives at LVMH, Galliano's parent company, would consider rehiring the designer. Horyn writes:
"I ran into a number of executives who work with LVMH, and they would speak only on the condition of anonymity because of their close dealings. One individual said there had been casual discussions among LVMH executives about the feasibility of Mr. Galliano returning to his own label. Would the media and the public accept his return? This individual said he thought so. Another executive with whom I spoke had the same view."
Horyn concluded, "He should have a second chance," with the hope that he continues to get help.
In the meantime, the British designer's brand can seemingly operate without him, as the collections below indicate. It remains to be whether the potential success of these Galliano-less Galliano collections help him return with his name redeemed or rather highlight his obsolescence.
Click through below to see the John Galliano collections for women's Resort 2012 and men's Spring 2012 and head to WWD.com to read more about each.