Galliano Heads To Rehab While His Friends Play DumbS

Fashion insiders are expressing their shock at John Galliano's racist behavior. Despite an alleged three recent incidents in which the now ex-Dior designer hurled racist and anti-Semitic abuse at strangers, including one that was memorably filmed, all of which came to light without much digging and within 72 hours of his arrest last Thursday in Paris...you see, nobody knew there was this side to him. "I was so shocked when I heard the news that I didn't actually believe it until I watched that video online. Initially, I couldn't believe it because — and so many fashion people have said this — what he did is so contrary to everything we know about him," says one anonymous London fashion insider. A stylist offers, "I think everyone's known [Galliano's] been crazy forever, but to be honest, he's not the only one in the industry." Says a "veteran fashion writer," "The fashion industry can really create monsters — people live in these bubbles where they are fawned over and celebrated. Nobody ever says no. They get exactly what they want . . . They are completely out of touch with reality because they don't live in reality. I can see how [Galliano] has become this crazy, out-of-touch lunatic." [NYPost]
Women's Wear Daily's Bridget Foley, who has been going to Galliano's shows since 1994, claims, "Never in all those years of seasonal check-ins has Galliano presented himself other than as a quiet, gentle soul. At times he seemed uncomfortable with the monotony of walking editors through his collections; at other times, agreeable and energized, possibly substance-enhanced. One sensed a bit of wickedness, but playful, never hateful or mean." [WWD]
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Paris police says that the inquiry into the two legal complaints made against Galliano is not yet finished, but said that she believes the legal process will be swift. Joan Burstein, the owner and founder of the London boutique Browns, who bought Galliano's entire graduate collection in 1984, says, "I am deeply saddened by the fact that John Galliano has been dismissed. I hope that I have the opportunity to see him face-to-face, as I have no comment to make until I am told the truth by him." And though most industry insiders are saying Galliano's racist rantings are out of character, Pat Field would seek to excuse them on the grounds that Galliano was "acting out a character." The stylist continues: "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.'" Karl Lagerfeld takes a different tack. "I'm furious, if you want to know." Lagerfeld went on, "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. I'm furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. It's as if he had his child hurt." [WWD]
Yesterday, just hours after Dior announced it was firing Galliano, sources close to the designer confirmed to Suzy Menkes that he would be heading "immediately" to rehab. (There's nothing rehab won't fix, apparently.) And also that he had, to possibly fight his dismissal, retained the services of the same lawyer Kate Moss hired in the wake of her cocaine scandal, when several major brands temporarily dropped her as a face. [IHT]

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