Thursday, March 3, 2011

John Galliano Update

The situation has moved from bad to worse for Galliano. After a video leaked of an earlier anti-Semitic rant where he said he 'loved Hitler' and some other hurtful things towards the Jewish people, Dior has fired him and is now searching for a new creative director. Truthfully, I feel quite bad for the House of Dior. Natalie Portman, a proudly Jewish actress has distanced herself publicly from both Galliano and Dior, and denied the Dior dress she was meant to wear for the Oscars (and instead chose a wonderful Rodarte dress, which I think keeps the theme of 'Black Swan' much better anyway). Dior lost millions of dollars of advertising in that moment which is a jagged pill.

So the question remains... who will replace Galliano? Hedi Slimane? I think not. YSL has locked that deal down. Haider Ackermann? Maybe. I think, as does the Sart, that there may be a fashion world reshuffling to accommodate Dior. LMVH family is a very powerful one so we shall see. Nothing could be worse than when we saw Emmauel Alt take over for Carine Roitfeld at Paris Vogue, the tension at Vogue must be tantamount.

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