BREAKING NEWS: ‘Casual Discussions’ underway about Galliano returning to his own label

24 June 2011

In the last few hours reports have emerged that LVMH executives have held ‘casual discussions’ about the possibility of John Galliano returning to the label which bears his name, John Galliano.

Cathryn Horn of the NY Times writes that ‘I know that Sidney Toledano, the chief executive of Dior, urged Mr. Galliano to seek medical help. Mr. Toledano is a decent man. Yet I can’t help but feel that Mr. Galliano’s problems were not sufficiently addressed, nor their potential liability faced, and that something like a status quo existed. His personality and showmanship were definitely part of Dior’s success, and maybe there was a fear of meddling with it.’

She goes on to say that:

‘On Thursday, I ran into a number of executives who work with LVMH, and they would speak only on the condition of anonymity because of their close dealings. One individual said there had been casual discussions among LVMH executives about the feasibility of Mr. Galliano returning to his own label. Would the media and the public accept his return? This individual said he thought so. Another executive with whom I spoke had the same view. He cited the appeal of Mr. Galliano’s ultrafeminine fashion and added that in recent years the designer had lost touch with that sensibility (and indeed reality). “It became a kind of Lady Gaga show, and he’s more talented than this,” the executive said.’

The designer, of course, has been on trial this week in Paris accused of ‘public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity’ following an alleged incident in a bar in February, which resulted in his leaving not only Dior, but also John Galliano, the label he founded in 1993. Both the John Galliano label and Dior are owned by LVMH.  

As Grazia Daily knows more about this breaking story, so will you.

- Alex Butt


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