Infamous for his creative flare and eccentricities, John Galliano has once again attracted the media’s attention. But in the instance the saying “all press is good press” cannot be applied. Galliano is standing trial today relating to his anti-Semitic rants hurled at and physical altercation between customers at a dinner in Paris on February 24, 2011. Ironically, the first day of Galliano’s trial falls on the first day of Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, which ensures that the world’s fashion media will be present to watch this case unfold.
Not only are there legal implications to Galliano’s actions, his career has been jeopardized. Immediately following the event, the fashion world reacted strongly against Galliano. Within a few days of the event, Galliano was fired from Christian Dior (which happened to coincide with Paris Fashion Week). Natalie Portman, the latest face of Christian Dior, openly condemned Galliano’s actions. Soon thereafter Galliano was also ousted from his own namesake label.
Going from bad to worse, Galliano fired his original counsel and is now involved in a embezzlement and defamation suit with his previous counsel.
Not only has Galliano’s actions cost him his reputation and career, he could face up to 6 months of jail time and a €22,500 fine.