Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Galliano Unleashed a Storm....

Paris Fashion Week began yesterday, and with all of the beautiful clothes on show there was only one thing anyone could talk about. French haute couture house of Christian Dior, credited with putting Paris fashion back on the map is now rocked in scandal. John Galliano, the flamboyant British fashion designer at the helm of the luxury label, and a man known for his over-the-top runway collections was fired after a drunken bar episode and a nasty collection of anti-Semitic insults.

The dismissal of Galliano marks one of the most dramatic designer flameouts in fashion history, and interrupts a spectacular career, and truly robs fashion of one of its greatest showmen. It could also set in motion a reshuffling of designers at the highest levels of international fashion, as one of the most coveted and high-profile jobs in Paris is suddenly up for grabs.

The fast-moving chain of events began Thursday night when Galliano was arrested in the Paris bar La Perle, accused of hurling anti-Semitic insults at a nearby couple in an alleged violation of French laws designed to curb anti-Semitism. Dior, where he's worked for nearly 15 years, suspended him Friday pending investigation. On Saturday, another woman came forward with a similar complaint. And on Monday, video began surfacing on the Internet apparently showing an earlier incident involving Galliano, who appears to be drunk, taunting two off-screen women, saying he "loved Hitler" and that their ancestors should be "gassed … and dead."

The controversy's repercussions reached around the world to Hollywood, where Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman — the celebrity "face" of Miss Dior Chérie perfume, issued a strongly worded statement disassociating herself from Galliano.
Read More by Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times
and WWD