>> Jean Paul Gaultier is quick to defend John Galliano: "I know John a little and I must say that what he does for his work shows he is not a racist . . . When you see the video, you can see it is someone teasing him . . . John is very talented. He has done some beautiful things for Dior. I think it is completely sad that he doesn't have his own label anymore. I think it's bad." His feelings for Anna Wintour, however, seem quite different — he says he didn't care for The Devil Wears Prada because "Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described!" And when asked whether Wintour is a positive figure, he simply replied, "She is a figure." [Independent UK]
Decadent collections from Elie Saab, Valentino, Christian Dior, and more of Paris Fashion Week's best left us wishing we had occasion to hit the red carpet in the designers' stunning confections. Each delivered their own version of the red-carpet ready — Valentino with delicate sheer layers, Elie Saab in brightly crafted sequins, and more, like Nina Ricci's pitch-perfect femininity. We may not have red-carpet obligations of our own, but the least we can do is take a closer look at the standouts, and anxiously await the days when our favorite celebs showcase them at premieres and parties. Click through for the top 20 most beautiful gowns from Paris Fashion Week.
Pink Eyelashes and Stuck-Out Tongues — Backstage at Givenchy, Viktor & Rolf, John Galliano, Costume National, and Issey Miyake
>> Color seeped into beauty looks at Issey Miyake and Viktor & Rolf — in the form of long pink eyelashes at the latter; Gisele Bundchen stuck her tongue out — more than once — backstage at Givenchy; plus, see appearances by Miranda Kerr, Erin Wasson, and Naomi Campbell as you flip through the latest backstage snaps from those shows, John Galliano, and Costume National.
Photos by Greg Kessler
Bill Gaytten, charged with the task of delivering a line for John Galliano's namesake label, honed in on the designer's signature aesthetic, save for Galliano's flair for theatrics. Styling was more tempered than Galliano's — soft makeup palettes and simple braids and buns. It made it easier to take in the collection, which was marked by sheer, soft, femininity — in fact, there was hardly a look on the runway that didn't offer a sheer piece. Gowns that beg for the red carpet — preferably with the right slip layered underneath — payed tribute to the feminine, highlighting curves with perfect accuracy. Then there's the ladylike daywear: skirt suits, tailored shorts, and blouses in more playful prints, adorned with flowers and topped with hats, that speak emphatically to Galliano's Parisian sensibility.
- Trends: feminine, ladylike, sheer, ruffles.
- Colors: black, white, soft florals, blue, and green.
- Key Piece: the soft, knife-pleat floral strapless.
- Accessories: socks, cutout and ankle-strap heels, flat-topped hats.
- Who Would Wear It: soft, feminine types; Charlize Theron was made to wear one of the sheer, ruffled gowns.
Spring 2012 signaled a return to pretty at Christian Dior. Models sashayed down the runway in chiffon and organza gowns and belted ladylike coats. The palette was classic Dior as well, running the gamut from lipstick red to one of our favorite shades this season: seafoam green. To see all the gorgeous gowns (we know we'll be spotting on the red carpet!) watch our coverage now!
Bill Gaytten Suggests John Galliano Wants to Return to Fashion; Marc Jacobs Talks with Dior Said Recently at Standstill
>> What does the future hold for John Galliano? Acting Dior and John Galliano studio head Bill Gaytten and frequent Galliano collaborator Stephen Jones say they have both talked to Galliano, and that he is recovering well.
“John knows it’s a long path, and he’s taking it very seriously,” Jones says.When asked about the prospect of Galliano returning to fashion, Gaytten coyly replies: “We’ll see. It’s not over until it’s over. I can’t say any more than that right now.”
As for Galliano's replacement at Dior, an announcement is expected in the next few weeks; WWD reports that while Marc Jacobs is still the frontrunner, talks have been tough and recently at a standstill.
She continues: “Look. I understand their point of view [at Dior]. I understand they couldn’t just say, ‘Bad boy! We forgive you! Come back!’ But it’s really a pity. And I will never believe he believed what he said. I think he was drunk and alone in a bar. When people go crazy, they go crazy. It’s a human case, it’s not political or religious. He didn’t kill anyone!”
She also gives an opinion on her former Vogue colleague Carine Roitfeld, who she says was “very good at building up her own image.” Sozzani suggests that Roitfeld forgot she worked for Conde Nast and became too interested in having her picture taken. “I’m not a celebrity, I’m an editor,” Sozzani says. “If you feel that to be the editor of Vogue you have to be a celebrity, something is wrong in your life.”
The verdict is finally out on John Galliano. The designer has been found guilty of racism and anti-Semitism and is sentenced to a fine of 17,500 euros.
The incident, for which he has been charged, took place at a Paris cafe in February where he hurled racist and anti-Semitic remarks at Geraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgiti. Galliano says that he remembers nothing and claims that he was suffering from alcohol, sleeping pill, and Valium addictions at the time. His employers at Christian Dior dismissed him soon after where he was also released from his very own label.
Since the incident, he has undergone rehabilitation and has apologised to the plaintiffs. He said, "All my life I’ve fought against prejudice and intolerance and discrimination, because I have been subjected to it myself."
Galliano, who was not at the actual hearing this morning, should consider himself lucky not to have to pay the maximum penalty in France for this type of crime, which is six months in jail and a 22,500 euro fine. What are your thoughts on the outcome of John Galliano's trial?
Galliano, who as expected was absent from the today's hearing, was ordered to pay 13,500 euros ($19,031) in civil damages to three defendants, and was given suspended criminal fine of 6,000 euros ($8,443) — the latter he must only pay if he repeats the crime within the next five years. Prosecutor Anne de Fontette had called for a fine of no less than 10,000 euros ($14,100), while Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle argued that his client should be acquitted. The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race, or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros ($32,000).