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It’s a long way from haute couture to the high street, but rumor has it that ousted Dior couturier John Galliano could debut his next collection of clothing at fast-fashion retailer Topshop.
There are biting reviews, and then there are biting reviews, and the collective reaction of the mainstream fashion press to Dior‘s fall 2011 couture collection is most certainly the latter. It seems that without John Galliano, the clothes at Dior seriously failed to impress the people who need impressing, and from Women’s Wear Daily to The New York Times, there was barely a kind word to be found.
Admit it: you’ve been thinking for a while now about whether John Galliano should ever be allowed to look at a fashion show again, much less design another collection. But word has it the people who used to sign his check are thinking about hiring him back again.
If you haven’t been following the coverage of John Galliano‘s public insult trial in Paris, you’ve been missing out. Over the course of the day, Galliano, his accusers and their various lawyers have been painting perhaps the clearest picture of what fueled Galliano’s racist outburst and what led him to it.
With John Galliano‘s trial for public insult set for today in Paris, his lawyer has revealed a few details of her defense argument. Aurelien Hamelle told reporters late yesterday that her client isn’t anti-Semitic. He’s just a guy who took way too many anti-depressants.
When John Galliano finally has his day in court tomorrow, he’s expected to play the “I was drunk and stupid and I’m really, really sorry” card like it’s the last one in his deck. But according to a new report from Newsweek, which managed to get its hands on the designer’s case file, his drunkeness didn’t impede his ability to say and do some specifically nasty things to his accusers, Geraldine Bloch and Philip Virgiti.
Amid all the speculation about who would replace John Galliano as the couturier at the house of Dior, people who thought they were on the inside placed bets on everyone from Haider Ackermann to Sarah Burton. But the one man who has admitted to actually being offered the job, was never even touted as a possible contender. And he’s already turned the position down.
Despite rumors that John Galliano might skip his trial to stay in rehab, it has been confirmed that the former creative director of Dior will be present for his court date this Wednesday. Galliano has been in rehab since he was fired from Dior in early March for his anti-semitic comments.
Is John Galliano done with whatever treatment he sought after being fired from the top post at Christian Dior? A new video of him walking through Los Angeles International Airport would seem to suggest that he’s on the mend, although he certainly doesn’t seem ready to talk about his recovery with reporters yet. A small group of cameramen (like, way smaller than the one at the Paris police station a few weeks ago) surrounded him, one trying awkwardly to ask if he’d “do anything differently” if he were on the board of LVMH.
Retail operations everywhere have been quick to distance themselves from all things John Galliano-related, but the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship in New York City may have moved a little too fast. Its general manager, Suzanne Johnson, is reported to have said that the store would take everything Galliano designed off its racks and shelves. Yesterday, a Saks representative clarified that statement: Galliano’s eponymous label is out, but Dior is staying right where it is.
“Who will replace John Galliano?” isn’t the only question fashion industry minders and commentators have been trying to answer since the designer was fired from Dior for making drunken, anti-Semitic statements in public. They’ve also been wondering what led Galliano to drink enough to think those statements were OK to make, and whether the fashion industry is responsible for his vices and those of other high-profile designers. There are worries that the fashion industry causes its talent to develop substance abuse problems.
We’ve done a lot of writing about how John Galliano‘s career at Dior ended, but we thought it would be a good idea to look back at how it all began. At the end of 1996, LVMH executives decided they wanted Galliano to move from Givenchy to the house of Dior. He presented his first couture collection for the storied brand on January 20, 1997, to widespread acclaim and best hopes a prosperous future there.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to who will replace designer John Galliano, who will lose his job as Dior‘s creative director and lead couturier after allegations of publicly spouting anti-Semitic insults. Insiders claim that while the company is in no rush to replace him in an official capacity, they have made offers to rising stars Haider Ackermann, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Hedi Slimane.
The runway show for John Galliano’s eponymous label scheduled this Saturday has been canceled, but the line he designed for Dior will come down the catwalk on Friday as scheduled.
According to some of the world’s most prominent writers, John Galliano‘s fall from grace was going to happen sooner or later, anti-Semitic rant or no. And if they’re to be believed, it had everything to do with the way he was coddled and surrounded by luxury by the people at his former employer, Dior.
After days of silence on the matter of the drunken, anti-Semitic comments that ended his career at Dior, designer John Galliano has released a statement apologizing for “any offence” and pledging to seek help.
John Galliano‘s career at Dior hasn’t been over for 24 hours yet, but people are already speculating and making bets on who will replace him. A few names have floated to the top of the heap, but we won’t know for sure who it will be until someone has signed and dated what will undoubtedly be a very lucrative contract. Still, it’s sort of fun (but also kinda sad) to informally nominate a few people for the post.
An unnamed woman has come forward to report that Dior designer John Galliano made anti-Semitic remarks toward her last October at Paris’ La Perle, the same cafe in which he was accused of hurling similar slurs at a couple just last week.
As part of an ongoing investigation of the alleged dispute between John Galliano and a French couple, the designer has been ordered to meet with one of his accusers at a Paris police station tomorrow afternoon.