John Galliano Loses Wrongful Dismissal Case
John Galliano lost his case against his former employers Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA, rejecting his claims of wrongful dismissal. A Paris labor court has ordered John Galliano to pay a symbolic euro each as the court threw out his damages claim. Galliano had asked for damages ranging between 2.4 million euros and around 13 million euros, depending on how the court appraised his dismissal, according to his lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver, and she made no further comment following the surprise ruling, and the likelihood of an appeal could not immediately be learned.
Galliano told a hearing that his bosses at Dior and the Galliano fashion house were fully aware of his addictions to alcohol and medications. According to WWD, he made only brief remarks in this case, following his dismissal for making racist and anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris café in 2011. Galliano blames the addictions for his behavior. “The two companies were fully aware of my state,” Galliano said in French. “I took Valium so I could get through fittings.” Reading from a brief prepared text, he added: “I can’t let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this. During these years as creative director of this house, I did not realize that its success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health. Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure, a dangerous and pathological spiral, without control.” Galliano exited the courtroom ahead of the verdict.
Paul Andrew Wins CFDA/Vogue Prize
Paul Andrew won the top prize at the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Ryan Roche and Eva Zuckerman of Eva Fehren were each named runners-up. The designers were announced at the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, held at Spring Studios on Monday. Stella McCartney was the evening’s keynote speaker and was introduced by Seth Meyers. The other finalists were Brett Heyman of Edie Parker; Wes Gordon; Grant Krajecki and Natalie Levy of Grey Ant; Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent of Simon Miller; Matthew Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Orley of Orley; Tanya Taylor, and Gigi Burris of Gigi Burris Millinery. The fund’s selection committee consists of Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Andrew Rosen, Jenna Lyons, Ken Downing, Jeffrey Kalinsky, Reed Krakoff, Steven Kolb, Mark Holgate, and Marcus Wainwright and David Neville.
Colette x Tumi Collection Launches Today
Tumi‘s latest collaboration is an exclusive luggage line with Parisian retailer Colette. The new line stemmed from the long-standing friendship between Ecreative director George Esquivel and Colette’s co-founder, Sarah Andelman. “Once we learned of his appointment with Tumi, I knew collaborating together would make a fabulous upgrade for our travel bags; we’re thrilled to have this exclusive capsule for colette. Now we’ll have the spirit of Hawaii, with beautiful flowers in our signature Colette blue all around the world!” said Andelman in a statement. The Colette x Tumi collection launches today exclusively at Colette and will range from €50 to €995.
– Carol Calacci
Sources: WWD, Vogue, Fashion Week Daily
Photo: Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue
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