Galliano Finally Breaks the Silece
Galliano finally made a statement clearing his position in the huge scandal around the anti-Semitic remarks he was accused of. The designer doesn't even mention the video, but here's what he said:
“Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor’s Office I should make my position clear.
I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police investigation.
A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.
However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people.
I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light.
I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness.
I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination, having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light.
Anti-semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence.”
Apparently Mr. Galliano is not going down without a fight. And I truly admire this. He has almost the whole world against him right now but still found the power to face it. According to one of his colleagues the designer plans to fight his dismissal from Dior and hired the London lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell, of Harbottle and Lewis - the same one who represented Kate Moss in 2005 during her cocaine scandal.
Close colleagues and friends like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss convinced the artist to go into a rehab for his alcohol problems. Reportedly he chose The Meadows facility in Wickenberg, Arizona, where Donatella Versace went for treatment.
The moods among the people, part of the fashion industry, are very contradictory. On one hand there's Karl Lagerfeld who's hard as usual. He says that he's furious at Galliano for what he did to the brand and especially to Bernard Arnault. Here's exactly what he said:
“I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story. The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk — there are things you cannot do. I’m furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and [chairman and CEO] Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. It’s as if he had his child hurt.”
But on the other hand, there are people who firmly stay by Galliano's side and try to excuse his behavior. After all many well known people made even bigger mistakes more than ones (think about Kate Moss and Charlie Sheen). Gallianos dismissal is truly shocking. It was even compared to Alexander McQueen's suicide during last year's London Fashion week. I loved McQueen and I don't want to offend anyone with this comparison but you must admit. This is a true fashion tragedy.
Here are links to the sources I used if you want to the further reading:
New Yorker: ‘Galliano’s Act of Self Destruction Was About As Shocking As the Widespread Discovery That Charlie Sheen Is a Vulgar Fool’
John Galliano ‘Completely’ Denies Making Anti-Semitic Remarks, Has ‘Commenced Proceedings for Defamation’
Paris Prosecutor May Announce Next Step in John Galliano's Case Today; His Eponymous Label To Show As Usual by fashionologie
The designer arrives at a Paris police station to answer accusations that he hurled racist remarks at a couple in the French capital.
Karl Lagerfeld Is "Furious" with John Galliano for the "Harm" He Did to Dior, Bernard Arnault's "Favorite Label"