Last year John Gallano launched his latest fragrance, Parlez-Moi d’Amour, acorns the middle East and Europe but the U.S. launch was delayed after the alleged anti-semitic remarks were made back in February. As reported, customers responded to the controversy by not refusing to buy the scents by the brand and the decline in sales wasn't helped by retailers pulling the fragrances from the shelves.
It was the best study ever. You know, at the time, I had no money, nowhere to stay, so I was sleeping on the street and going every day to work. I put my luggage in a locker at a youth hostel and went there to take a shower.
We all knew that Cédric Charlier's contract at Cacharel was not renewed, but it's only now that bosses have revealed who will succeed him. Ling Liu and Dawei Sun, the designers responsible for French label Belle Ninon, have been appointed to replace Charlier as joint artistic directors.
Although the news of Charlier's departure came as a surprise - after all, he was responsible for the brand's recent successful revamp and their return to Paris Fashion Week - it looks like Cacharel will be in good hands. Before uniting, Sun worked for Balenciaga and John Galliano and Liu for Balenciaga too and Yves Saint Laurent.
The pair will show their first womenswear collection for the brand during Paris Fashion Week in October.
I haven't spoken to him. It's difficult to talk about this subject, because I don't really know what happened. He is extremely fragile, a very sensitive, creative person with a great sense of humour and he's always been so kind to me. He's very shy. I adore him. It's been very brutal and I really...I just wish he could go back in time and for it not to happen. I'm sure he's going to get back [in to fashion] because he's so talented. Sometimes, you can make mistakes. I don't think he's anti-semitic. I'm Jewish. I don't think he has anything against the Jews. I think it's more that he was probably a bit drunk.
We all know that John Galliano is designing Kate Moss' wedding dress for her nuptials to Jamie Hince on July 2 but with his pending trial taking place on the same week, he won't be on hand to dress the model on the big day.
Instead Moss will rely on Galliano's partner, Alexis Roche, to dress and prepare her for the big day. ‘Alexis has stepped in to ensure everything goes according to plan with the dress,’ an insider close to the model told the Daily Mail.
Despite currently in rehab avoiding the ongoing publicity, John Galliano is still in the press. Yesterday a hearing decided that the former Dior designer will stand trial for his alleged anti-Semetic remarks made to Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti, and Fathia Oumeddour in Paris earlier on this year on June 22.
Having sacked his former lawyer Stephane Zerbib, the designer has hired Aurélien Hamelle to represent him at the upcoming trial. According to The Cut, if the designer is found guilty he could end up facing six months in jail as well as a 22,500 euros (about $31,270) fine.
Last week we reported that John Galliano sacked his former lawyer Stephane Zerbib for abnormal accounting practices and now more information is emerging as to why the two parted ways. Reports allege that the Jewish lawyer stole $4.1 from the former Dior designer back in 2010 when he was paid to manage the revenue for one of Galliano's companies.
Last week The New York Post reported that:
The lawsuit alleges that Galliano discovered multiple payments to the lawyer, including cash withdrawals near Zerbib's office using the company's card, on one occasion up to seven times a day.
Zerbib denied the allegations, saying that Galliano would be better off saving his fire for his trial.
The date of the trial against the lawyer is set to be announced but he will reportedly countersue for libel.
Sadly things only seem to go from bad to worse for John Galliano. As expected, Dior gowns were scarce on the red carpet at last night's Met Gala and his namesake line did not appear at all. To make matters worse, despite recent reports that his Jewish lawyer Stephane Zerbib has quit, the designer's spokesperson revealed that Zerbib was actually fired. Vogue.com reports:
Amid rumours today that John Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, had quit, a spokesperson for the British designer told us Zerbib had in fact been fired as Galliano's representative: "Mr Zerbib was dismissed as Galliano's lawyer some weeks ago following the discovery of apparent irregularities in respect of his firms administration of Galliano's financial affairs over a number of years," the spokesperson told us.
It must have been serious irregularities to warrant th designer firing the lawyer so close to his trial, as Galliano is set to appear in court next weekfor allegedly making anti-Semitic comments to people in a cafe in Paris earlier this year.
Despite Karl Lagerfeld's previous comment to Numero magazine that he wanted Haider Ackermann to take over his spot at Chanel when he retires, the Kaiser has gone back on his word. Lagerfeld told W that he now sees nothing of the sort, though he said Ackermann could make a great Givenchy designer, if the current head of that label, Riccardo Tisci, moves to replace John Galliano at Dior.
When asked about who should helm Christian Dior, Lagerfeld said: "Well, I’m not a consultant there, but I think Riccardo Tisci would be good, and then Haider Ackermann at Givenchy - not because they are friends of mine, but because they are good." And as for the previous mention of Ackermann at Chanel, Lagerfeld added: "It’s not his world, I don’t think."