Raf Simons To Replace Galliano

We’re a few days late but to merely blurb the latest news without a little digging is not our style. What you’ve heard is true, darlings. Tarred and feathered, John Galliano will not be lending his genius to Dior any longer. He has been replaced by Raf Simons who will assume his position as creative director. You might be wondering aloud “Who is Raf Simons”? He’s a Belgian designer whose background is rooted in menswear. He currently has a line of menswear bearing his name in various shops – Barney’s, Seven and multiple online stores (mrporter.com, parkandbond.com, sense.com and oki-ni.com to name a few) including his own. His latest, most noteworthy stint until now was at Jil Sander. I will never disrespect another artist’s vision but it’s certainly not my aesthetic and they produce those god awful elevator shoes pop star Robyn loves to wear. Ick. We don’t understand. The label was previously owned by Prada and yet there wasn’t one piece of the recent Jil Sander collection I wished to own.

I have to say that as a fan of Galliano and his work with Dior, I’m worried. Everything Simons has done lacks any trace of understanding the luxury of couture design. “Modern”, “basic” or “streamlined” is not what I associate with the house of Christian Dior. Simons makes SNEAKERS and polos. Boxy shirts and skirts for women… lots of solids or paisley… *sigh*. Apparently Simons has an affinity for making unexpected locations his runway but is that enough? Dior was theater – the clothes, music and themes transported you some place else.  For me, the jury is out on Raf Simons. There was a lot of talk about Marc Jacobs being a contender and a squabble over the almighty dollar. Whatever he wants, i say you give it to him. What do you think? #SaveDior

XX, Danielle

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You’re Fired!

John Galliano has been canned, loves. In a blaze of disgrace no less. By now you might have seen the video and heard that the new face of Miss Dior Cherie, Oscar Award winning Natalie Portman, has denounced any ties. Rightfully so as Mizz Portman herself is, Israeli/Jewish – Galliano’s target of choice.

It’s sad, really. It’s highly unprofessional. For all the faithful Jewish customers and those employed by Dior that have been indirectly affected, our empathy lies with you. We cannot fathom what sparked such a response from an otherwise loved and respected designer. The actual video, though we will not host it here, is on YouTube. Judge for yourself after viewing. Our personal opinion would be that you need to hear the other side. From the looks of it, the patrons filming him without his knowledge/consent seem to be taunting him while he’s having dinner and perhaps a drink or five. It would be impolite to say, but had it been another group targeted, we’re not sure the same measures would’ve been taken. It’s a little tar & feather, the arresting and whatnot. I think that was a bit much.

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Galliano arriving to turn himself in at a police station in Paris but not without a dashing outfit.

The outcome? Galliano will enter rehab (They have all kinds of cover-your-ass rehab these days.) and Richard Tisci is slated to carry on in Galliano’s place. We wonder, what will become of his own line? What will Dior shows be like now, without it’s long time Mad Hatter? Most likely droll and unimaginative. Many in the small fashion bubble have spoken out – some in devout support and others in disgust. Of course, there is Natalie Portman but as of late Isaac Mizrahi has taken a less PC approach. Says Mizrahi:

“Galliano was more of a fetishist to me. He was more of a fetishist than a democrat. And I refer to him in the past tense, because I don’t think he’ll work again. I hope not. I hope he doesn’t work again.”

“I guess I’m the wrong one to talk to, because I never really liked sort of what he did so much. I liked better what McQueen did. I liked better what Vivienne Westwood did,” he said. “So now I don’t like it, and he’s a Jew hater? I was like, buh-bye.”

Isaac Mizrahi has washed his hands, Vogue – UK & Italia are pissed, Karl Lagerfeld (Our beloved & coveted) is outraged for the image Galliano has portrayed not for himself, but for all designers and the house of Christian Dior and yet Giorgio Armani, Patricia Field, Jean Paul Gaultier and even Galliano’s accuser who shot the video do not believe he said those things with ill intent. Only time will tell how things will fall apart or into place. Oh well, until then be careful of what you say my darlings… It’ll co$t you.

XX, Danielle