When Manish Arora’s One-Year agreement with Paco Rabanne as the Artistic Director of the label’s Women’s RTW ended few months back, the Desi Media went all about town scripting Arora’s return to India. Manish Arora did deny any such plan. He is rather busy in Paris.
Last Friday (15th June) Manish Arora was an integral part of Super 8. The curatorial fashion project – Super 8 - was started by fashion consultant Rafael Jimenez in 2011. It is an innovative platform focused on the diffusion of fashion and its many subcultures. Last year during Paris Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2012 Super 8 screened the first of a series of filmed interviews with key people of the industry.
In the second Super 8 event held at an atelier in Paris where décor of dresses and graffiti backdrops by Manish Arora – echoing his last surrealistic, street art inspired collection – interviews of 8 fashion figures were screened. Those included of Manish Arora, Maria Luisa, founder of eponymous boutique Maria Luisa, designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard, Romain Brau of RA and Armand Hadida of L’Eclaireur.
Manish Arora spoke about his design philosophy, his brand and more. You can see the complete video of his interview here: http://youtu.be/agVLkqnNQPE
A Paris court pronounced John Galliano guilty of making anti-Semitic slurs. The designer won’t serve jail time and has been given a suspended sentence of 10,000 Euro in fines. However there are some discrepancies on the quantum of the verdict. Womens Wear Daily (WWD) reports that Galliano has been slammed a fine of 17,500 Euros, while BBC is reporting it to be only 10,000 Euros.
John Galliano was absent from the proceedings, and according to GQ, who has been Tweeting live from the hearing, Galliano has to pay the fine “Only if [he] starts up with the slander again.” A report on NY1 confirms that Galliano will not have to pay the fine unless he repeats his crime within the next five years. Seems Galliano got off easy!
All victims said that they do not believe that Galliano is truly anti-Semitic or racist. Galliano’s lawyer said his client will continue to seek treatment for his addictions to drugs and alcohol. Galliano stood trial on June 22 on charges of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” that took place on two separate occasions last February at a Paris cafe, La Perle–charges that cost Galliano his job as creative director at Dior. During the trial the designer said that he had no recollection of making any antiSemitic or racist slurs but after watching the infamous “I love Hitler” viral video Galliano apologized “for all the sadness this affair has caused.” He also admitted he was suffering from a “triple addiction.”
So the story of John Galliano’s downfall finally comes to end. As he continues to seek treatment, hopefully he can restore his image, get clean, and go back to doing what he does best–making beautiful clothes.
Christian Dior designer John Galliano has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Parisian couple who accused him of anti-Semitic and racist slurs, says Mr. Galliano’s lawyer, Stephane Zerbib. Dior’s enfant terrible is fighting to save his reputation – and possibly his job. He was suspended yesterday from Dior pending the results of a police investigation into a bar brawl at Paris’ trendy La Perle watering hole on Thursday night.
Dior, in an effort to defend its own image, said it enacted its zero-tolerance policy towards racism and anti-Semitism.
Galliano’s alleged comments have rocked the fashion world.It has become the TALK of Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana designer Stefano Gabbana Twitted, “I’m so sorry for John Galliano!!” Others were less empathetic with the British designer.
John Galliano, who had consumed alcohol, was questioned for alleged violent behavior and making alleged anti-Semitic remarks to two people during an argument, an official said. Mr. Galliano was released after the questioning; the names of the two people weren’t disclosed. French newspaper “Le Figaro” reported today that Mr. Galliano provided three written statements from witnesses who denied that the designer made any anti-Semitic insults.
Dior’s fashion show is scheduled for Friday. It is unclear whether Mr. Galliano will take his catwalk bow. Yesterday, Mr. Zerbib said the designer would be on the catwalk “like always.”
On Thursday night at 9 pm, French police briefly detained John Galliano for alleged assault and making anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris cafe – La Perle. According to a police source: “We arrived extremely quickly and managed to break up the disturbance. Galliano was briefly arrested and then released pending charges for assault. Witnesses said he 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.” It was the couple who filed the complaint. The Paris police spokesman, meanwhile, confirmed that Galliano is facing criminal charges and would appear in court on a date to be fixed.
In response, Dior has suspended Galliano. House CEO Sidney Toledano said in a statement: ”Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour. Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.”
The Fall 2011 Dior show Galliano was working on is scheduled to take place on March 4, and his own collection’s show is on the Paris Fashion Week calendar for March 6; the fate of those events is not known yet. The alleged remarks also bring under question Natalie Portman’s relationship with Dior — the Israeli-born, Jewish actress is the current face of the Miss Dior Cherie perfume and is rumored to be wearing a Christian Dior dress to the Oscars.
Last I met designer Reynu Taandon at the Stardust Party in Delhi. She was heading off to Paris for Pret-a-Porter. Now I chanced upon this poster by “All India General Mazdoor Trade Union (Regd.) ATUC” that claims that workers are getting a raw-deal from Reynu and Sunil Tandon of Mynah Designs. Click on the image below to see the enlarged view:I don’t want to make a comment based on this poster stuck on a wall. Would like to have Reynu’s view definitely. But yes I would like to say that lately few more designers are in trouble for unpaid dues, labour grievances and even rental defaults. I thought ‘Downturn’ was over and Desi consumers are back to voracious ways