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John Galliano Fights Back

26 February 2011, 14.43 | Posted in Business, Couture | 2 comments »

BernardArnault John Galliano Fights Back

Since we posted the news of John Galliano being accused of hurling anti-Semitic remarks at a couple in Paris a couple days back, the rumors have been flying. And now we have some actual news from his lawyer from WWD:

His lawyer Stephane Zerbib told WWD the designer visited police in Paris’ third arrondissement at midnight on Friday to provide three witness statements that he never made any such comments. The designer has also filed a claim of defamation and injury against the couple – identified on Le Figaro’s Web site as Géraldine Bloch, 35, and Philippe Virgiti, 41 – and is now awaiting the decision of police, Zerbib said. Zerbib also said Galliano is “shocked” that Dior – citing a zero-tolerance policy on racism and anti-Semitism – suspended him from his job functions pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Christian Dior, while a storied fashion house, is also part of a publically traded, mega-corporation, Christian Dior S.A. to be exact, which has ties to LVMH Moet Hennessy Group, an even more massive public company (which has been in the news recently for irritating the heck out of Hermes). Above is an image of Bernard Arnault, the CEO and Chairman of both companies and the richest man in France. Some have implied that this happened because Christian Dior Couture has been struggling financially and leadership were looking for reasons to dump Galliano. And while its true it’s underperformed its luxury peers, it recently reported a positively-received earnings quarter. Still, given the strangeness of corporations, especially ones of this size, it’s shocking to read that Galliano is “shocked.” After all, however, legendary he may be to the fashion world, he’s still a weirdo outsider to corporate and as such, his head can be offed for the most whimish of reasons.


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  1. jack:

    That last sentence is pretty sinister. Fairly sure accusations of anti-semitism and racism are valid reasons to suspend someone.

  2. It seemed like a swift response to me. He’s been accused, not proven guilty. But yea, I admit, I do find massive corporations often are sinister. In fairness I don’t know the reputation of LVMH; perhaps it’s one of the more decent ones.

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