The Continuing Saga Of John Galliano

john-galliano-makes-a-rare-appearance-to-present-anna-wintour-with-award-at-the-bfas-1417519751The continuing saga of John Galliano has been one of the more interesting stories in the fashion world of late. The designer who has always sparked interest-to say the least-and supposedly has seen the error of whatever ways the general public and his fellows thought he should see the error of, will present his return couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela in London on January 12th. Galliano’s fashion return will occur during the London Collections: Men show, in the city the Gilbraltar-born designer spent “formative years and his beginnings in the industry” in, a Margiela press release stated.

Galliano actually made his public ‘re-entry’ in his adopted UK city early this month presenting an Outstanding Achievement award at the British Fashion Awards.

For those who do not know or don’t care to recall, Galliano was fired from Dior in Feb. 2011 for a “I love Hitler” tirade he gave (actually two different, equally hate-speech rants were noted in the Galliano saga) while drunk at a Parisian café. Yes, it is certainly not so nice spewing the opinion Galliano did, but in the city of lights anti-semitic speech is actually illegal! Galliano was found guilty and made to pay a fine.Since that time he has admitted to therapy, made strategic appearances on T.V shows and has altered his look.

Whatever the effect of the man’s three-year crawl back to fashion icon status will have on John Galliano, if his new collection for Maison Martin Margiela will be accepted and applauded, and if indeed it was unfair to even prosecute the man for his remarks (as his defense lawyers tried to argue it was and sued for appeal and damages) it will all come down to how much his couture is accepted.

The Galliano collection will also be shown in Paris –of all places-during that city’s Couture Fashion Week, at the end of the same month.

The Von Gutenberg Couture is ‘showing’ now, here.

Photo Credit: Vice.com

John Galliano’s Fall…And Rise?

John-Galliano-at-the-Dior-007Hate him, love him (or his designs at least), dismiss or praise him, John Galliano is ‘back’. The fashion designer best known for working with Givenchy in the mid 90’s, Christian Dior 96-’11, making frocks for Kylie Minogue and running his own eponymous label is working for Oscar de la Renta currently and has even received a measure of absolution from the Anti-Defamation League, post his anti-semantic rant in a Paris bar. As with most things any of us say, but certainly celebrities, opinion, silly stunts, even our sex lives can go viral within minutes and this is exactly what happened to a supposed drunk Galliano back in ’11.

In a video licensed and broadcast by UK’s The Sun Galliano was seated at a table in L’Absinthe insulting a group of Italian ladies,certainly more then 3-sheets-to-the-wind at the time, saying, among other things “ I love Hitler”. Galliano was subsequently fired by Dior who he was working for at the time, and it seems in Paris one can be arrested for “public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity”, which Galliano was.

So much for free speech ‘gay ole Paree’ huh?

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Certainly plenty of people damned Galliano’s comments, others stated that the man is not a racist or anti-Semite and that the rant was actually a bit of satirical living ‘theatre’, coming from a man certainly known for his theatricality. Galliano himself says he was a black-out drunk at the time, does not recall the incident (even when shown it) and that he does not, nor has ever held, such views.

He says now that he is “living amends every day”, happy to be back at work and no longer drinking.

 

Check out our ‘ranting’, such that it is, here: http://vongutenberg.com/e-magazine/

 

 

Fashion Fetish: Standout outfits at the 2009 Oscars

81st_winsletk_0181st_joliea_013MARQUIS AMERICA recommends the fashion showed at the Oscars ceremony:Viva‘s Zoe Walker picks her best and worst looks from the Academy Awards red carpet

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

I love Natalie Portman, I love Rodarte and I love this dress. It’s great that she chose a bold unexpected colour – but surely she could have attended to those tan lines before she turned up?

Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior Haute Couture

Oh my lord… This is the sort of dress you would expect to see on the likes of Vanessa Hudgens or Miley Cyrus – ie a teenage girl. SJP has a major meringue dress fetish, so I don’t know why I’m surprised by this.

Beyonce

I’m sorry, I hate this, on so many levels. It reminds me of a curtain print. Beyonce seems to wear the same dress, or a variation of that dress, every time she hits a red carpet. Okay Beyonce, we get it: you have curves and you’re not afraid to show them off.

Freida Pinto in John Galliano

It’s a beautiful and interesting dress on a beautiful and interesting girl, but I do wish she had chosen something a bit younger.

Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab

Angelina in black = yawn.

Kate Winslet in Atelier by Yves Saint Laurent

She looks gorgeous, but in my opinion Kate looks great in anything.

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin

She always turns up in something that divides – personally I love her because she doesn’t do the usual ‘strapless with a fishtail’ dress.

Source:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10558246 3:26PM Monday Feb 23, 2009
By Zoe Walker