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Your morning fashion and beauty report: John Galliano apologizes, reportedly enters rehab, Christina Hendricks touts Vivienne Westwood jewelry, Joan Collins' Oscar gown scare

Ajohng As Paris Fashion Week starts, the style world is still dissecting John Galliano's fall from grace after his dismissal by Dior on Tuesday following alleged anti-Semitic comments, as our Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore report ("Galliano's alleged anti-Semitic remarks unleash a storm"). Reactions include the dismay of supporters who say they've never witnessed any such behavior from the designer, suspicion about the motives of the complainants and condemnation of Galliano.  Karl Lagerfeld lays it on the line: "I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion," Lagerfeld says in Women's Wear Daily. “The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person,” he continued. “I’m furious with him." [WWD]    

And Wednesday reports are that Galliano has apologized [Reuters] and left France to seek treatment for alcohol rehabilitation. [New York Times]

The Telegraph speculates on who will replace Galliano as Dior's creative director, and they seem to be stretching a bit by throwing some very established folks who are doing just fine with their own labels into the mix, such as Tom Ford  and Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy. The reasoning? In the former case, Ford "has everything Dior could want" and might be attracted by the prestige. In the latter, Vogue's Anna Wintour once compared the sisters with Galliano. [Telegraph]

"Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks is the celebrity "face" of Vivienne Westwood’s new "Get a Life" Palladium Jewelry Collection. The collection is made up of environmentally conscious pieces made entirely of the lightweight precious metal and featuring "symbols of hope," including trees, acorns and hearts. [People]

Kelly Cutrone, formerly of Bravo's "Kell on Earth" and now a correspondent for "Dr. Phil," has teamed up with Robyn Berkley and Chris Burch to launch the Electric Love Army sportswear label. The line plans to play up pop-culture references to appeal to women ages 15 to 32. [WWD] 

Bare Escentuals comes out this month with a new Bare Minerals skincare line that purportedly uses the power of minerals found in soil to replenish skin and increase cell turnover. The brand claims the antioxidant punch of its new formula outperforms both blueberries and pomegranates -- both often cited for their super antioxidant powers. [StyleList]

New York's runways during the recent fashion week were among the whitest in years, stunning in one of the world's most racially diverse cities. [Jezebel]

A little-known hazard of Oscar dressing has come to light: Joan Collins was taken to the hospital when she began to feel faint during Sunday's Academy Awards. Doctors examined her and determined the problem: a too-tight dress, leading to what Collins now calls a "Victorian swoon." [Express]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Designer John Galliano. Credit: Horacio Villalobos / EPA 

 
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