If de la Renta has a singular skill, it is his ability to make women—both young and old—look their prettiest.
But de la Renta doesn't seem concerned about the backlash of reintroducing Galliano to the fashion world.
It's symbolic then, that de la Renta would be the first one to publicly re-embrace him.
Michelle Obama wore her first de la Renta gown this month, after he had criticized her fashion choices last year.
Anna Wintour, an early supporter of Galliano, initiated his temporary post with de la Renta.
Chelsea Clinton, opening the exhibit, said de la Renta was “more interested in the future,” like her parents.
“Our show was bound to be a disaster,” de la Renta recalled to Mallis.
Later, de la Renta reemerged onto the runway to greet friends after the show.
Many anticipate that de la Renta will share his final bow with the disgraced designer.
But of those two fashion parents, the one with the greater influence is de la Renta.