John Galliano's Fashion Show Is CanceledS

Hint is reporting that the show for John Galliano's namesake label, originally scheduled for this Sunday in Paris, is canceled. [@Hintmag]
The video of John Galliano drunkenly declaring his love for Hitler and discussing people who should be "gassed" had been in circulation well prior to the designer's Thursday arrest for hurling anti-Semitic and racist slurs at another couple. The paparazzi agency that brokered the clip to the Sun had offered it for sale months ago, but there were no takers: Dior is a big advertiser. The unnamed person who took the video and cashed the check is "very happy." [DFR]
Michael Specter, who profiled Galliano for the New Yorker in 2003: "Galliano's act of self destruction was about as shocking as the widespread discovery, also this week, that Charlie Sheen is a vulgar fool. Galliano is a deeply talented man, and his early shows helped set fashion on a course it has followed for years, turning the business into a celebrity cult. But his career, and his life, were built on twin pillars of excess and exhibitionism. He was a slave to addiction; those addictions rotated through the years: drugs, sex, alcohol, exercise, and finally, and most damagingly, his own public image. But who could be shocked at his behavior? Who would have expected any other end? (If it is the end: the fashion world has a remarkable ability to shrug off the odd deeply flawed human being, as long as he or she can cut a dress like Galliano can or wear one like Kate Moss, who, despite behavior that sets a disastrous example for millions of girls, including issues with drugs, is forgiven because, well, she is really very pretty.)" [TNY]
Suzy Menkes reports that John Galliano will likely go to The Meadows rehab center, in Arizona. It has previously treated Elton John and Donatella Versace. She also writes that Galliano's namesake label, which is financially backed by Dior, "barely breaks even financially" and is produced under license. That any licensees will want to be associated with Galliano and his label now seems unlikely. [IHT]
Interesting facts about Dior's own profitability, from the Journal: "The label didn't begin to turn a profit until 2002, and since then it has struggled to improve its bottom line. Its sales of €826 million ($1.14 billion) and operating margin of 4.2% still lags far behind that of Louis Vuitton, with its estimated €5.5 billion in sales and 45% operating margin. Despite the lackluster performance, Mr. Arnault has continued to pour money into Dior, which insiders say has always been the businessman's pet project." [WSJ]
Cathy Horyn reports that John Galliano did not contact Dior after his arrest, or during the weekend that preceded his firing from the house. Horyn notes "the lack of communication between the house and its star designer at such a crucial moment points to deeper strains." The Times fashion critic also says, "The only show I have ever stood to applaud was a Galliano show, six or seven years ago. He used a special casting of sideshow performers - twins, fat people, exceptionally tall people, freaks in most people's eyes — and he closed the show with a supermodel dangling a puppet in his likeness. The manipulated designer. But who was pulling whose strings?" [NYTimes]
More from Pat Field, who yesterday compared John Galliano's infamous "I love Hitler" video to the comedy of Mel Brooks: "I think Natalie Portman and others have been too quick to judge in this case without all the information being collected...Look, I'm not saying that anti-Semitism is acceptable in any way, because it is not. But I honestly believe that until the judicial process runs its course, any judgments should not be made so quickly. We live in a time where information gets out so quickly that things can get blurred without the full story being known. Nobody knows exactly what went on. John could have been being harassed and that's why he flew off the handle." [Radaronline]
Here is the inevitable drawing of John Galliano as a Nazi. [WOW]
There is a wild rumor that Riccardo Tisci, the creative director of Givenchy, will replace Galliano at Dior. Haider Ackermann will take over at Givenchy, and Stefano Pilati will be ousted in favor of Hedi Slimane at Yves Saint Laurent. [Fashionista]
One piece of good news for Galliano today? Never mind losing his job for being a racist dick: he's won back the rights to control the galliano.fr domain name, which had been taken over by a cyber-squatter. [Reuters]

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