All the world's a stage, but has Galliano gone too far again?On Tuesday, John Galliano completed a three-week collaboration with Oscar de la Renta that culminated in the gown king's show at New York Fashion Week.
It was a collaboration that de la Renta pronounced "a lot of fun" and the AW13 collection, reflecting the styles of both designers, was widely praised as a success.
But, Galliano being Galliano, he couldn't just enjoy his professional comeback and leave it at that. A little more controversy, a little bit of drama, had to become part of the show. The guy can't resist it.
His outfit on the day consisted of a round-brimmed hat and suit with his characteristic long tresses curled over his shoulders in a look that was decidely Hasidic.
Of course, he wouldn't be Galliano without an outlandish costume - hey, some would say it's an improvement on the pirate look, and not much crazier than an Edwardian gentleman or a 1920s mafioso.
But it's hard for most people not to view him through a lens tarnished by that antisemitic rant two years ago, the stench of which he is only now supposed to be escaping, with Oscar de la Renta's help.
To many - and the media especially - it's Galliano Hasidic Chic, another disrespectful appropriation to add insult to the injury of drunkenly declaring "I love Hitler".
The New York Post emblazoned a photo of the designer on its front page (above) with the headline "SHMUCK! Jew-bash designer's costume mocks faithful." The Guardian dubbed it a hallmark of his "post-racist" phase.
But he has his defenders. The Anti-Defamation League's Abraham Foxman pointed out to The Observer, "Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie.
"This is John Galliano being John Galliano. His dress is always eccentric."
Foxman believes he deserves a second (third?) chance. "He was punished because of what he said, and I think deservedly so," he said.
"But if he's punished for the rest of his life, he will become an antisemite."When the drama in 2011 unfolded, Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field told Women's Wear Daily, "John lives in theatre. It's theatre, it's a farce."
For Galliano the line between the theatre of the runway and real life has obviously been erased - for him, perhaps, by the fashion community that shied away from condemning him.The big question throughout this whole affair has been, do his fashion talents really transcend his moral failings?
Could he be taking the farce a little too far? Or like the ADL suggest, do we need to leave him alone so he doesn't take to being openly antisemitic when he's sober, too? What do you think?