Monday, April 18, 2011

John Galliano loses his Label that bears his Name! So long.....Galliano!

  1 month later after John Galliano was gaven the size 6 Dior boot from his job as creative director and couturier at Christian Dior, today Galliano has also got the pink slip to be let go from the label that bears his name. The board of the 17-year-old John Galliano label, 91 percent of which is owned by Christian Dior, met recently and decided to fire the British designer. There are also reports that the company has received unsolicited offers to buy the label from “interested parties” in Italy, China and the Middle East. Sale of the company is understood not to be “an immediate priority.” Reported by Womens' Wear Daily!!!!
Last month, a less sober Galliano was attacked of media scrutiny after it was reported that he’d drunkenly harassed a couple outside of a bar in Paris, using anti-Semitic slurs to insult them. After video being posted all over the WWW of Galliano using relative slurs on another occasion that surfaced, executives at LVMH, which owns Dior, promptly began to terminate his employment. Along with being lost to being embarrassing and shocking, Galliano’s comments ran afoul of LVMH’s zero-tolerance policy for racism and anti-Semitism!!!! 
 After Galliano apologized and pledged he’d get help, he was still technically employed with his own label. The Dior runway show he’d prepared for Paris Fashion Week went on without him as he fled to a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona called The Meadows. As they say, “The show must go on.” And it did, without the star character. The show for John Galliano was lessen to a private presentation.
 Until another decision is made about the future of the Galliano label, its design team (some of whom are also employed by Dior) is working on a pre-spring collection. Whether or not his absence from the house will make retailers feel good about stocking products bearing his name remains to be seen.
 Galliano still faces charges of public insult, for which he will have to stand trial. If he’s convicted, he faces five months in prison or a fine of €22,500, about $32,530.50. Well I have the 50 cents if he needs it !

MORE!Galliano's label show downsized in Paris after scandal: source

 PARIS John Galliano's eponymous own-label show on Sunday is being scaled down to a simpler presentation for buyers and journalists, a fashion industry source said on Thursday.  Normally it would have been one of the most theatrical shows of Paris fashion week, but its fate was in question after Galliano was fired by Christian Dior and charged with alleged racist behavior at a Paris cafe.

Dior, which holds a majority stake in the John Galliano label, plans to go ahead with its own pret-a-porter collection — overseen by the British couturier before his sudden fall from grace — at the Rodin museum on Friday.  “The Galliano show is canceled in favor of a presentation on Sunday for the press and buyers,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Galliano is to appear before a Paris court on allegations of anti-Semitism, prosecutors said on Wednesday, as the superstar designer apologized for a drunken tirade but denied the charges against him. The case will be heard in the second quarter of 2011 and, if found guilty, the couturier — who was sacked on Tuesday by Dior — could face a sentence of six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros (US$31,000).
“John Galliano will be prosecuted ... before the criminal court for public insults towards an individual on grounds of their origin or religion ... following complaints from three people,” the prosecutor's office said. The British designer was arrested last Thursday in a drunken state after a couple in a cafe in Paris' fashionable and historically Jewish Marais district alleged he had subjected them to a stream of anti-Semitic abuse.

Since then another woman has come forward to say she suffered a similar attack in October last year and a video has surfaced of Galliano insulting someone else in the same bar and declaring “I love Hitler.”
Galliano, 50, apologized on Wednesday for his behavior, but insisted it was not anti-Semitic. He has lodged a counter-complaint against the couple from the incident last Thursday, alleging defamation.“I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully cooperated with the police investigation,” said the flamboyant couturier, who is considered one of the finest designers of his generation.“Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society,” he said, in a statement issued by London lawyers Harbottle and Lewis, adding: “I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offence.”
While the fashion world is largely mum about the Galliano furore, Karl Lagerfeld — artistic director at Chanel and arguably the most powerful man in fashion — said he was “furious” over the damage done to fashion's image.
 “I'm furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it,” Lagerfeld told the influential U.S. trade daily Women's Wear Daily.“The image has gone around the world. It's a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this,” he said.    
“We are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk, there are things you cannot do.”

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I left my Heart in Shanghai!

What a beautiful experience I had in China! I always will be thankful for FIT and my Dean and the Chair of the Fashion Design Department for giving me the opportunity of a Lifetime, going to Shanghai and meeting wonderful new friends from Holland to France to Italy....The Dean and the President of Shanghai took all of us out to a delicious Chinese gourmet dinner and on a cruise (the picture above is where I floated with great friends) on the famous river of all of China...Lights, the beautiful, magical, unbelievable moments..My eyes, my heart ...appreciation of what I saw and Love..Meeting new friends of a lifetime from different countries including Gerrit from Holland, the tallest Fashion Designer at 6'7 I never seen! and Vickie, the beautiful size 0 from Shanghai who is the interpretor for her country. And I met a little boy from Shanghai, the cutest on the cruise. Here are the City of Lights in Shanghai!
And it was also sad, the last night I spent in Shanghai and left China the following morning and returned to the "real world" back to New York, we promised to stay in touch and continue to chat on the internet and til we meet again......
I will never forget the amazing experience of a Lifetime, a Memory I will always cherisehed, and I left my heart in Shanghai, I always been thinking about how lucky I was taken to Another World, different life, culture beauty and the other side of life....I miss Shanghai already!

World Premiere Event from Shanghai Fashion Week!

 USA's #1 Fashion university in the world, The Fashion Institute of Technology opened the show as the supermodel strutted down the runway infront of the paparazzis from all over the country of 7; Italy, France, Holland, Finland, London, Korea, Japan, China and yes, USA!     
With incredible standing 0vations from the audiences of theUSA and the  masterpieces of FIT's students created couture and sophiscation, inspired the great-late Alexander McQueen! The Next collection came from Holland's #1 Fashion School. Inspired Dark Gothic/Mysterious collection.
Very Gothic and Mysterious Collection from Holland, the next collection came from ESMOD, the #1 fashion school in Paris, France. The inspiration was a Unique Collection with fabrication using Musilin and sculptured faces and shapes on Bustiers.
 After France, Italy's #1 Fashion school.. Institute of European Design, inspirated what they are always known for very high end  and very classic of Ready-to-Wear. Dazzeling constructions of fittings & creative sleeves. 
After Italy's presentation, a beautiful Ballerina performed a romantic number from the scene of "the Swan".
After Finland's collection, was a beautiful collection inspired by textile and screenprinting from Korea's #1 Fashion university, Sang Myung University: Design College.  
 After Korea, came the beautiful collection from Japan! Bunka Fashion College is Japan's number 0ne fashion college, and yes their designs were striking the fabrications were vinyls! that's right, Vinyls!
 After the beautiful collections from FIT to Bunka Fashion College, the women from Japan performed their traditional and classic dance number.   Love their traditional Kimono Robes! The Music was a Classic! 
The Closing of the show ended with China's #1 fashion university, Donghua University....their collection were breathtaking and a Work of Art with crystals and contructions with details!
 As the closing began, China's well-known femal Soprano  performed a beautiful voice that was amazing, she sand a little in English to Italian to French and ended the song in Chinese..The 0pra lady performed  as each male/female modesl walked down the runway with standing ovations in different country's collections and one by one the University's representatives including myself stood on stage and recieved beautiful bouquet of flowers and a beautiful gold statue as I represent USA and the Fashion Institute of Technology!