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Galliano Dressed Weirdly Normal for His Charlie Rose Interview

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It's been two years since designer John Galliano left the public eye, for the most part, and now he's aired his first televised interview on Charlie Rose. He speaks to the topic du jour—addiction and Hitler rants—as well as Alexander McQueen's death and not being able to say "no."

Notably, his mea culpa outfit, which comprises a blue button-down and jacket with slicked back hair, is far from his usual outrageous fare—none of the leopard jackets or sea captain hats or, thankfully, Hasidic look-a-like outfits, which inspired these Conan clips. After the jump watch three quotes followed by the full interview.

On vile behavior: "I'm trying to make amends in the best way that I can."

On saying "no" in the workplace and being "emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally bankrupt": "I was afraid to say no, that little word, 'N.O.' I thought it showed weakness, and with more and more success I would just say yes, keep on taking more work on, which took its toll."

On Alexander McQueen's suicide: "[Long pause] I understood."

See the full interview on Charlie Rose.
· 5 Quotes From John Galliano's First Sober Interview
· John Galliano's 'Brother' Dons Hats to Hail the Designer's Return [Racked]