Thursday, June 23, 2011

What's In Store for Galliano?

In headlines today, John Galliano's trial was held in Paris courthouse. Prosecutors had asked to fine him at least 10,000 euros ($14,000) for his actions. He was being prosecuted for the anti-Semitic comments he made at a Paris bar.

A friend of his took her cellphone and caught this all on video. Once it surfaced, he lost his position as Creative Director for Christian Dior - even after working there for fifteen years.

During his testimony, he said that he had no recollection of what had happened, and blamed his "triple addiction" of alcohol, sleeping pills and barbiturates. The designer is charged with public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" and could face up to six months in prison and $32,175 in fines. The verdict is expected at a later date.

Oh Galliano, why oh why would you do this to yourself? He is actually such a creative genius and had brought Dior to new heights - obviously without him, Dior wouldn't be what it is today, am I right? 


Even though he no longer is with Dior, he's still has his John Galliano line. I feel like his line isn't as flamboyant as his Dior collections, but it's still unique. It feels more ready to wear as oppose to the extravagant pieces that are strutted down the runways. Maybe that will all change now.

With his whole trial and court situation, I think people would still continue to support his designs. Don't get me wrong, his words were completely inappropriate and disrespectful, but at the same time, art is art right? When you see something that you like, and it's beautiful, it's hard to unlike it. Like the famous painter Picasso who was a complete womanizing and has been called a woman destroyer, but, I still appreciate his art very much (despite his reputation). 

"After every creative high, I would crash and the alcohol helped me," he said, adding that his creativity "helped make Dior a billion-dollar business."

That makes sense - I mean look at artists throughout the ages, so many create their best work when they're intoxicated. I guess it takes you to a whole new level and you observe things differently. 

Is this going to hurt his career? Probably a little bit. But I'm sure he'll be able to bounce back in no time. 

Remember when Kate Moss had that whole debacle with her cocaine scandal? Look at her now. She designed several collections for Topshop, continued to do spreads and be in campaigns, and recently announced, she's to team up with Rimmel for her own range of makeup.

What should he learn from this? If he's going to be drunk or high or involves himself in some sort of non-sober activity, he should stay somewhere where he isn't able to talk to strangers. 

Well, controlling his addictions will help too I suppose. 

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