Fashion, I understand, is a seductive target. It’s hard to resist attacking such a big, glossy, seemingly superficial industry. But please, can we stop now? Yesterday, reading yet another giant treatise (this one by Tom Sykes in the Sunday Telegraph) blaming fashion for John Galliano’s descent into addiction, I wanted to rip my hair out. Come on, guys. Can we get a little perspective here?
John Galliano appears before a Paris court – AFP
And so John Galliano’s trial has started in Paris, and one question has been answered: would the designer appear in court in full-fledged character-bedecked glory – as, say, Napoleon, or an urchin, or the artist Rene Grau, as he did after many of his most famous shows for his former brand, Christian Dior – or would he play himself?
Mr Galliano is standing trial for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks to customers in a Paris café this year. Read more
This fashion week has been aflood with more rumours than India after the monsoon. First there was the stream of gossip about who will get the Dior job (one last suggestion: two names that haven’t been part of the conversation at all — Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler. They’re young, have a jones for French couture shapes, but a way to make them jazzy, are fluent in the worlds of twitter and youtube, and have no hang-ups about working with businessmen. But that’s just me.) And now we have the “is Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton making the royal wedding dress?” tsunami. Read more
Sidney Toledano, ceo of Dior, just got up in a black suit and black tie before the show and made this statement; here it is in full: Read more
There’s been a lot of talk, runway-side, about whether or not the Dior show can happen; a lot of protests vs publicity risk assessment. Here’s what I think: yes. They just need to be smart about how they do it.
if I were the Dior folks, for example, instead of emptiness to replace the usual John bow, I’d send the entire atelier – all the designers and assistants and seamstresses that actually make a collection happen – out onto the runway at the end of the show. Then the story becomes about preserving jobs, and supporting the workers that are left dealing with what Galliano wrought, and that runway full of blameless people becomes the picture that goes ’round the world, and Dior becomes the brand that cares for employees. Read more
Christian Dior has dismissed for John Galliano, its star designer, for professional misconduct over the scandal surrounding alleged anti-Semitic comments he made. Read more
WWD is reporting that Oscar winner Natalie Portman – aka the official face of Miss Dior Cherie — has officially disassociated herself from John Galliano. They quote a statement from Ms Portman saying: Read more
So: two Dior dresses on the red carpet at last night’s Oscars (Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman). Good sign for the company. However, said actresses, as well as Natalie Portman, who not so surprisingly wore Rodarte, refused to discuss the Galliano issue with reporters — i.e., no one came leaping to his defense. Not a shocker, but also not exactly encouraging, in the celeb/relationship stakes. Read more
Christian Dior has suspended creative director John Galliano after his arrest last night in Paris on assault charges, pending investigation. Mr Galliano had allegedly been under the influence of alcohol, and shouted anti-semitic comments at a couple on a Marais cafe. Read more