Can Galliano Recover? His Talent is Obvious – As are His Troubles

At Paris Fashion Week, disgraced designer John Galliano –who is now seeking help for his alcohol problems– didn’t hit the runway at the end of the Christian Dior show with his signature stance. Instead, the staff from the Dior ateliers in white lab coats took the final bow.

Meanwhile Galliano’s own show was underattended. And the clothes were astoundingly beautiful, as this photo demonstrates. That Galliano is sublimely talented is clear. But whether he can weather his stormy anti-Semitism screeds is another matter. Granted, there are vast number of people –famous and otherwise– who have said incredibly horrific things under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and regretted them deeply once sober.

One fashion insider who was in Paris for the shows, and asked to remain anonymous said they have never known the designer to be anti-Semitic and doesn’t believe he truly is, adding that in their belief

He was goaded, egged on and is very troubled…And I do feel that with the death of McQueen and now Galliano who may never work again, the brilliance of creativity is dimming in Paris.

But business is business.  And if art can redeem a sinner, and the market will bear it, Galliano may be back.

All photos: John Galliano, used with permission

Late Night: Galliano – Unfashionable Anti-Semitism, But Rehab is Chic

Could designer John Galliano actually work again in this town, even after he was fired from his post as Dior’s creative director for making anti-Semitic remarks at a couple, assaulting the woman and declaring

I love Hitler

On video? In cafe? More than once? This was the third time, on Thursday before the Oscars, that Galliano has been accused of–or caught–making anti-Semitic remarks. The man and woman involved in Thursday incident filed a complaint with the police and Galliano was arrested; making anti-Semitic remarks is illegal in France and punishable by 6 months in jail.

Anything is possible…

The designer–who was slurring in the video and reportedly had a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit when arrested by police Friday morning for assault and anti-Semitism–seems to be taking the classic celebrity out: Friends say they’ve talked him into entering rehab.

And he’s suing the couple involved in Thursday’s incident for defamation. And has hired an attorney to fight his dismissal from Dior. Meanwhile, rumors are flying that Dior has found Galliano’s replacement: Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy.

The video from Galliano’s December anti-Jewish rant at the same cafe surfaced Monday, obtained by the British tabloid The Sun. The paper released it the morning Galliano was charged in Paris over the February 23 incident; while there he heard charges made by a woman regarding the event in October.

Natalie Portman, the face of the Dior perfume Miss Cherie, who wore a Rodarte maternity gown to the Oscars and was born in Israel, made her position clear today in a firmly worded statement:

I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced.

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.

Needless to say, Galliano was booted within minutes. On Monday Dior had suspended the designer–named British designer of the year four times–for the charges of allegedly calling gallery owner Geraldine Bloch:

a dirty Jew face

pulling her hair, and saying she should be killed. He also insulted her looks, clothing and virtue:

You’re so ugly I can’t bear looking at you. You’re wearing cheap boots, cheap thigh boots. You’ve got no hair, your eyebrows are ugly, you’re ugly, you’re nothing but a whore.

and allegedly made racist remarks about her boyfriend who is of Asian origin adding

I’ll kill you.

Will rehab be enough to get stars wearing his clothes again? (Actually, Nicole Kidman wore a Galliano dress at the Oscars, but to be charitable, maybe she hadn’t heard the news yet). Dior will not cancel their show March 4 during Paris Fashion Week, though there is no word if Galliano will make his classic end of show appearance in which he declares:

I am designer John Galliano!

the same phrase Bloch and her boyfriend Philippe Virgitti claim he pronounced after he insulted and assaulted them.

It would be more dramatic if he were absent, having gone into a program to treat whatever is going on.

Lots of stars go into rehab and come out with the public’s best wishes for a comeback.

Mel Gibson entered rehab in 2006 after his DUI followed by anti-Jewish remarks tossed out to the arresting officer. Last year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association had Mel introduce Inglorius Basterds at the Golden Globe after Ricky Gervais heartily mocked him, which to me was a direct “fuck you” to the actor–or his own attempt at a mea culpa/”love me again” moment. I am torn about which.

Meanwhile, the British satirical mag Private Eye has published an interview with Julian Assange in which editor-in-chief Ian Hilsop claims the WikiLeaks head/international superstar Assange allegedly makes anti-Semitic remarks. Only Hilsop states his has no notes to back it up. And Assange refutes the comments.

Oh, and Charlie Sheen–the new face of crazy who could teach John Galliano a few things about rehab (and maybe the designer could help Sheen resurrect his loungewear designs he was developing over a decade ago during one of his stints, I think it was while in Promises Malibu)–says in his ABC interview he is not an anti-Semite for calling Two and Half Men creator Chuck Lorre by his Hebrew name Chaim and real last name of Levine. Sheen wondered that if someone calls him by his given name, Carlos Estevez, are they being

anti-Latino

Sheen, unlike Galliano and Gibson, was—according to him–sober at the time of his remarks.

It remains to be seen if the excuse of drunkenness and the redemption of rehab are enough to save Galliano’s career. But Patrica Field–best known as the stylist for Sex and the City–is already sticking up for tipsy tailor, telling Women’s Wear Daily:

People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theater or in a movie. John lives in theater. It’s theater. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ singing Springtime for Hitler.

Earlier Field had posted a pro-Galliano message on her blog.

Meanwhile, Sheen ought pay the severance to the crew of Two and Half Men out of his own bank account and STFU.


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