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Your morning fashion and beauty report: Galliano fired by Dior, blasted by Natalie Portman

March 1, 2011 |  8:49 am

Agalliano -- Dior announced Tuesday it is taking steps to fire chief designer John Galliano after video surfaced of him making anti-Semitic comments -- this on the heels of his suspension after an altercation in a bar Thursday in which he is alleged to have hurled racist insults (both anti-Semitic and anti-Asian) at a couple. In a statement, Dior called Galliano's behavior "odious." Sidney Toledano, Dior's chief executive, said, "I condemn with the greatest firmness the comments made by John Galliano, in total contradiction with the essential values which have always been defended by Christian Dior." [Wall Street Journal]

-- Even before Dior's announcement, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, the celebrity face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, had issued a statement disassociating herself from Galliano. "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video," Portman said. "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." Galliano, 50, met with police Monday as they investigated the incidents, which could lead to criminal prosecution. Previously he denied the allegations stemming from the altercation Thursday, but then the video came to light in which he tells a different group of people they "should have been gassed" and says he "loves Hitler."  [People] 

-- Police say the criminal investigation will continue at least through this week, and there are some Galliano supporters awaiting the outcome before they condemn him. Vogue Italia's Franca Sozzani, for one, blogged that the video could be a set up. [The Cut] Seems kind of unlikely to me.

-- Being an Oscar host can be lucrative in more ways than one. Sources say Tiffany paid Anne Hathaway $750,000 to wear Tiffany jewels onstage Sunday night. [Us]

-- After Sunday's Oscars, stars hit the party circuit, and among the best dressed at Vanity Fair's soiree were Lea Michele, Jessica Biel, Rosario Dawson and Kate Beckinsale. [FabSugar] 

-- Missoni has announced two fun spring footwear collaborations, with Havaianas, combining the colors of the Italian and Brazilian flags in flip-flops, and with sneaker-maker Converse. This is Missoni's third limited-edition collection with Converse, and this time it will combine near-microscopic space-dyed knits on men's and women's Chuck Taylor All Star high-tops. [Hintmag]

-- Steve Madden footwear is going to India, under an exclusive licensing deal with Reliance Brands Ltd. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- And Gap is plotting its expansion into the important and growing Asian market, as well. [WWD] (subscription required)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano strikes a pose after a show in 2009. Credit: Julien M. Hekimian / Getty Images