Feb 25, 2011

John Galliano Arrested in Paris, Suspended from Dior

I am disappointed by the (alleged) remarks and antics that led to the arrest of John Galliano.   I admire his fashion designs, his runway shows are superb and he has always been a sort of style icon in terms of what is totally out of the box and fantastic at the same time for me.   According to the Huffington Post he was arrested for making anti-semitic remarks.   I don't know which side of the story is true, but if he did in fact make the comments it is reported he made, I am really saddened.   It sucks that someone who has the entire fashion industry at his fingertips would abuse his position in that way.   Kudos to Christian Dior for having a zero tolerance policy and following through!

Update: Women's Wear Daily reports that Galliano has been suspended at Christian Dior, writing, "In a brief statement, Dior president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano said the fashion house has a policy of zero tolerance regarding racism and anti-Semitism. The statement said the suspension would remain in force until the results of a police investigation."
Previously: Designer John Galliano, who helms Christian Dior's house, was briefly arrested in Paris on Thursday night for alleged assault and making anti-Semitic remarks, the AFP reports.
The incident occurred at a cafe in the Marais district where Galliano started yelling at a couple. A police source told the AFP, "For the moment we don't know what led him to address the couple. We don't yet know if they knew each other or not."
Another police source told the Telegraph, "Witnesses said [Galliano] swore heavily, using anti-Jewish insults, before attacking a couple. Both have provided witness statements, as have a number of other people at the bar, including staff."
However, a different source recounted another story to Vogue UK: "We had a table at La Perle and John Galliano sat next to us. He spoke to a couple at a nearby table to say 'Cheers' and they insulted him. An argument started and the police came, so Galliano's bodyguard suggested that they should go to the police station to sort it out. He wasn't 'busted' aggressively by police, it was very quiet and peaceful. I definitely didn't hear him say anything anti-Semitic, or against any religion, it was all very calm."
Galliano was then taken back to the police station for a sobriety test and was determined to be slightly over the legal limit. According to Reuters, police accompanied him home and filed no charges, and, "One policeman said the outburst was prompted by stress ahead of fashion week, which starts next Monday and at which Dior's show is always in the spotlight."
Galliano was also in the spotlight this week after being announced as Kate Moss' wedding dressmaker.

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