News from Paris to start the day: John Galliano has been formally sacked from the fashion line that bears his name. He was suspended from Dior immediately after the anti-Semitism scandal broke in February, while the fate of his own line, also owned by the luxury conglomerate LVMH – hung in the balance.
The announcement coincides with John’s departure from a rehab clinic in Arizona in the States. He is expected by everyone to keep a fairly low profile for the time being. Fresh out of rehab, unemployed, and with a considerably diminished fan base, press interviews seem unlikely. One appointment which he will have to keep however, is his case at the High Court in Paris, where he is charged with public insult. It is expected a date will be set on May 12 for the proceedings. The designer could face months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros or £19924.67 if found guilty.
As for the future of the fashion line, LVMH is expected to keep it going, rather than sell it off or close it down. The design house is staffed by a team that contains some of the same members as the House of Christian Dior, and it is thought that the forthcoming pre-collections will be created by that team, with no word of a successor from anyone.