Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Fate of John Galliano

 Haute couture's John Galliano has outdone himself. Less than a week after John Galliano was suspended from Christian Dior for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks in a Parisian bar last Thursday and arrested, a video has surfaced of him unleashing a horrific racist diatribe in another Paris bar last December. What is the fate of his post with Christian Dior?  In all likely hood he probably will be permanently released as head designer for the House of Dior. John obviously seems to have personal issues that need to be addressed.   He is a genius at his craft and icon   to young designers.  His behavior and anti- Semitic  remarks will have consequences, John obviously was under the influence at the time of these episodes,  There is a long list of talented designers waiting in the wings.  John Galliano and Charlie Sheen should take note, society will not tolerate unacceptable bad behavior.  With positions at the top the world chooses to be selective and hold icons with respect and in  high regard. Come back to us John!

Natalie Portman's comment: am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

Quote from the Daily:
As editors and retailers struggle to identify Galliano's possible successor in the event of his resignation from the brand, the usual names are floated—Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Haider Ackermann, Alessandra Facchinetti—but there is no obvious choice, given Dior's particularly ladylike, French aesthetic and Galliano's unique buoyancy and magic. With over 160 retail locations, Dior is a big business that may not need a bold-face designer to sell best-selling items such as the Lady Dior handbags. Ready-to-wear is a relatively minor revenue source in the overall Dior portfolio, as fragrance, beauty, accessories, and the duty free business drive the brand's bottom line. It is more likely that Arnault will appoint an in-house designer, even from Galliano's team, to take over the creative direction. A similar approach at Alexander McQueen, which appointed trusted designer Sarah Burton to the top spot following the designer's death, is proving successful with both retailers and press. Still, many in the industry hope that Galliano will be reinstated in the top job.

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