But de la Renta doesn't seem concerned about the backlash of reintroducing Galliano to the fashion world.
Galliano has retained new representation—Aurélien Hamelle from the firm Metzner Associates.
Galliano, who was once on top of the fashion industry, received a Légion d'Honneur from Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009.
He fully admits his chronicle of Galliano's shows from 2004 to 2010 was “the work of a dilettante.”
The glaring absence of anyone to take a bow was testament to how far Galliano had fallen.
Beddouk, who only asked for a symbolic euro in damages, believed Galliano already paid extraordinary penalties.
But only Galliano made an overwhelming and deliberate connection with the past, Steele says.
Despite speculation that the position would become permanent, Galliano did not ultimately take a position at the design house.
In Eloy's expo, there is a nod to Robinson, Galliano's man in the shadows smiling coyly at the stage door.
Galliano recently joined Maison Martin Margiela as creative director.