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Dior replaces John Galliano with Raf Simons

Raf Simons
More than a year after it fired John Galliano as creative director, Dior has reportedly selected Raf Simons to replace him, the New York Times reports.

Simons, 44,  previously led Jil Sander for six years, leaving in February when Sander returned to the brand. Unlike the flamboyant Galliano, who ended each runway show with a flourish of theatricality, Simons is temperamentally more restrained -- although he did have tears in his eyes when he presented his last show for Sander in Milan in February.

During its year-plus of searching for a replacement, Dior had considered a galaxy of star designers, including Marc Jacobs of Louis Vuitton and Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. Meanwhile, the label's studio chief  Bill Gaytten kept things humming along at Dior.  

Galliano was fired after evidence that he erupted in anti-Semitic rants on a couple of occasions in a bar in Paris. He later was convicted and fined by a court -- anti-Semitic comments are a crime in France. He also reportedly sought treatment for substance abuse, but the episode also shone a light on the stress designers are under to stay creative in the almost nonstop cycle of fashion seasons.

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Photo: Designer Raf Simons, formerly of Jil Sander, has been selected to replace John Galliano as creative director at Dior. Credit: Giuseppe Aresul / Associated Press  

Fashion News: Should Obama daughters be treated as fashion plates?

The Obama family
The Cut questions whether the media (and specifically cites the Huffington Post's coverage in particular) should comment on how well-dressed first daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha Obama, 10, are when they, say, attend church or a holiday concert with their folks. They should be treated as kids, not fashion plates, says writer Amy Odell, since unlike young teens Hailee Steinfeld and Chloe Moretz they are not putting themselves forward trying to build careers built at least partly on their looks. [The Cut]

Jil Sander designer Raf Simons is the new front-runner to replace John Galliano as creative director at Christian Dior, sources tell WWD. [WWD]

Elizabeth Macias, the woman who reportedly sprayed fellow Wal-Mart shoppers with pepper spray during this year's Black Friday sales, has said she did so only in self-defense to protect herself and her kids from rabid fellow shoppers. Now she says she is considering suing Wal-Mart for failing to have adequate onsite security. [ABC New]

Brooklyn DeckerMy colleague Jenn Harris and I are at odds over the outfit model Brooklyn Decker wore to Saturday's Spike TV Video Game Awards. I love the cute dress but am stopped by the mustard yellow shoes. Jenn -- arguably more with-it than I am -- thinks the shoes are great with the dress. Thoughts?

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's comments decrying child labor laws caused discomfort among executives in the apparel industry, which doesn't want people to associate its products with children working in sweatshops. “We as an industry are sensitive to child labor and other industries are as well," says Kevin Burke, president and chief executive officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Assn. "We try to set an example in the U.S. for partners around the world to follow their own laws. When you have a candidate for president advocating relaxation in those laws, it calls into question the commitment." [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Stella McCartney's second fragrance, which will go on sale in 2012, is named L.I.L.Y., after a pet name her father, Sir Paul, had for her late mother: "Linda, I love you." Sad and sweet. [Telegraph]

First there was an announcement that China Glaze would have a "Hunger Games" nail polish collaboration; then word went out that no, no the deal wasn't done, as I mentioned in previous columns. But on Monday, China Glaze issued a news release saying the deal with Lionsgate, the studio behind the film based on the bestselling book series, is final and the lacquers will be available in March.

Socialite/model/drummer Alice Dellal (with the band Thrush Metal) is known for her edgy style and half-shaved head. Now rumor has it she may be the next "face" of Chanel. [WWD]

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John Galliano found guilty in anti-Semitism case

John Galliano verdict John Galliano, the flamboyant fashion designer known for his over-the-top runway collections, romanticism and love of the bias cut and who until earlier this year helmed the venerable Christian Dior luxury label and his own namesake line, was found guilty today of "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity," the Associated Press reported.

Under French law, Galliano could have faced up to six months in prison and a fine up to $31,622, but the designer, who wasn't in the Paris courtroom when the verdict was announced, won't be required to serve any jail time; the totality of his sentence is a suspended fine of $8,432, which according to the AP, means that although it goes on his criminal record, he is not required to pay it.

The AP quoted the judge in the case as saying Galliano had "sufficient awareness of his act despite his addiction and his fragile state," but that the court took Galliano's apology to the plaintiffs into account and noted the "values of tolerance" in the designer's work.

It's the latest chapter in a scandal that has been roiling the fashion world since March, and the verdict was announced just as New York Fashion Week runway shows were getting underway across the Atlantic. 

Many of the key events in the saga have been framed by the global fashion week calendar. News of the original accusations came on the eve of the Paris ready-to-wear shows in March 2011, when Galliano was arrested in the Paris bar La Perle, accused of hurling anti-Semitic insults at a nearby couple in an alleged violation of French laws designed to curb anti-Semitism.

Dior, where he'd worked for nearly 15 years, suspended him the next day, pending investigation. After another woman came forward with a similar complaint and, later, a video surfaced that appeared to depict a similar incident involving the designer (In it, he appeared to be drunk and taunting two off-screen women, saying he "loved Hitler" and that their ancestors should be "gassed ... and dead.") Galliano was terminated from his role as creative director at the Dior and John Galliano labels.

His one-day trial took place in a Paris courtroom in June -- in the midst of the Paris men's runway shows and two days before his eponymous line hit the catwalk with new creative director Bill Gaytten taking the final bow.

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Photo: Lawyer Aurelien Hamelle, center, who represents fashion designer John Galliano, speaks to the media after the verdict in Galliano's trial in Paris. Credit: Reuters

Fashion News: Kate Moss, John Galliano and a lovely gown

Jamie Hince and Kate Moss 
Kate Moss' recent wedding makes up a spread in Vogue's September issue, which includes details about how her beautiful gown came to be. Her inspiration was the Great Gatsby, her designer (as we know) John Galliano. The two discussed ideas over the phone, then met  with "bags full of bits, and pulled tulle and sequins and veils and flowers out," Moss said. "And then we just kind of pinned things together, like the old days, you know?" [Vogue]

Meanwhile, Galliano calls designing the dress "creative rehab," after his firing by Dior in the midst of a scandal over allegations that he made anti-Semitic comments. [Vogue]

London label Issa -- a favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge -- is looking for someone to design a new print for its upcoming collection, a new model for the runway, and an intern. Those who have what it takes can apply at Hotnewface.com, a website launched to help newcomers get into the fashion business. [Telegraph]

Speaking of the Duchess -- as if she weren't thin enough (and photos of her seem to always send commenters into spasms of concern over whether she has an eating disorder) -- the magazine Grazia admits to photoshopping her waist to waspish proportions on its May 9 cover shot of her walk down the aisle. [The Cut]

Chanel is issuing a new version of the classic 1970s scent No. 19. Originally named in honor of Coco Chanel's Aug. 19 birthday, the new Chanel No. 19 Poudre retains the lightness of the original while adding crisp green notes and iris. [Racked] 

Accessories maker Botkier reportedly intends to send Sears a cease-and-desist letter contending that a handbag in the new Kardashian Kollection that debuted this week is a rip-off of the Trigger Clyde bag from Botkier's 2009 collection. [Fashionista]

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Photo: Jamie Hince and Kate Moss on their wedding day, with Moss' daughter Lila. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: A beauty cure for Carmageddon? We wish!

Beauty-conscious Angelenos dreading this weekend's Carmageddon -- the closing of the 405 Freeway through Sepulveda Pass for 48 hours -- will be envious of the new service Sephora has launched in Manhattan: same-day delivery, via Mini Cooper, of beauty products ordered before 11 a.m. No need to leave home to shop for all those beauty essentials. C'mon Sephora. This would be a great weekend to try this out in L.A. too! Brooklyn Decker helped launch the new service at a ceremony in NYC. [InStyle]  

Arosie Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, fresh off her tour of "Transformers" openings, goes back to her modeling roots in the ad campaign for Burberry Body, the label's latest fragrance. That's Rosie with Jason Statham at left. [Telegraph]

Clémence Poésy attended the French premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" wearing a metallic top and short flouncy embroidered skirt from Chanel's spring 2011 couture collection. She didn't wear the trousers shown with the outfit on the runway. Some are questioning that choice. But why not put one's own spin on a runway look? [Cut]

Post-John Galliano, the flamboyant creative hurricane who served as design chief for Christian Dior until his fall from grace earlier this year after being accused of anti-Semitism, are the suits at Dior thinking of toning things down? Will Galliano's replacement be a more subdued designer in the mold of Phoebe Philo at Céline (which like Dior is owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH)? The Céline brand may offer clues to what will happen next at Dior, fashion writer Robin Givhan posits in an interesting look at the situation. [Newsweek] 

Kanye West has become a fixture on front rows at major fashion shows for the last few seasons. Now some sources say  he will debut his own women's line with a runway show at New York Fashion Week in September. [Grazia]

The British Fashion Council announced the schedule for London Fashion Week in September, and for the first time Tom Ford is in the official lineup. [Telegraph]

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Photo: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who's appearing in Burberry Bare ads, with Jason Statham at Vanity Fair's Oscar party this year. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

 

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling, Helena Bonham Carter wow at 'Harry Potter' premiere.

 

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Ahelena Fans gathered in Trafalgar Square on Thursday to glimpse the cast of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" on the red carpet for the London premiere of the final film in the series. And the celebrities didn't disappoint. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) stole the show in a pale blue, ruffled Oscar de la Renta ball gown. Author J.K. Rowling wore a green floral print, also by Oscar, and the always fashion-provocative Helena Bonham Carter (Beatrix LeStrange) was clad in a rather severe dark-green dress topped by a sugary confection of a fascinator. Among other notables, Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) wore short white minis, and Maggie Smith went the practical route, much as professor McGonagall might, in black pants with a white coat topper.  [People]  [Los Angeles Times]

The gown Watson wore is from de la Renta's fall 2011 collection. "Our inspiration for the Harry Potter world premiere was 'Grace Kelly with a twist,'" said Anita Patrickson, Watson's stylist. Patrickson finished Watson's outfit with Giuseppe Zanotti slingback peep-toe shoes and jewelry from Boodles. [InStyle]

Later, for the afterparty, Watson changed into a knee-length, flirty white dress from Elie Saab's spring-summer 2011 couture collection. [Telegraph]

Vogue Editor Anna Wintour decided to attend the Potter premiere instead of Azzedine Alaia's inaugural haute couture show in Paris. Snubbed, Alaia responded by barring all U.S. Vogue staff from the show. Alaia and Wintour, have been feuding for a while. [Telegraph]

PHOTOS: Magical fashion at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere

Photographer Terry Richardson got a rap on the knuckles for posting candid shots from the Kate Moss-Jamie Hince wedding on his blog, "Terry's Diary." Doing so seems to have violated Vogue's exclusive rights to show the wedding in a spread shot by Mario Testino and planned for the September issue. As soon as Richardson heard he had erred, the photos disappeared from the blog. Of course, some photos have already been published -- including on our blog[Telegraph]

At the wedding, John Galliano, who designed Moss' gown, ran into Philip Greene, the mogul who owns Topshop, among other enterprises. Now rumors are circulating that Galliano will design a line for the high-street retailer. [The Cut] 

Agaga Lady Gaga made a stop in Singapore on Thursday as part of her Asian tour promoting "Born This Way." It looked as if she took a hairstyling cue from Marge Simpson. [People]

Tavi Gevinson, the 14-year-old fashion blogger, is booked to do some kind of performance as part of a talent show at Littleton's, a  performance-art space in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her piece is titled  "A Tribute to Sassy Magazine," and is scheduled for July 27. [The Cut]

Rachel Weisz, recently married to Daniel Craig, is making her debut as the face of Bulgari's Jasmin Noir fragrance in an ad campaign shot in Pasadena by photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. In one shot, she's shown with her head resting on a lion, her arms snuggling a giant bottle of perfume. [People]

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Upper photo: Emma Watson, left, shares a laugh with J.K. Rowling at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow -- Part 2" premiere. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images

Middle photo: Helena Bonham Carter strikes a pose. Credit: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Lower photo: Lady Gaga makes an appearance in Singapore. Credit: Stephen Morrison / EPA

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Patti LaBelle, Ashanti elegant at the BET Awards. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows Burberry love at 'Transformers' premiere.

Aashantijpg Patti LaBelle looked quite elegant as she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards Sunday, wearing a navy sheath and matching coat. Later today, we'll post a photo gallery of some of the best and worst looks on the red carpet, but for now, one I like is Ashanti, at left, in her blue gown that looks good from front or back.   

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also chose blue, in a stunning backless navy gown from Burberry for the London premiere of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." For the after party, she made a quick change into a cream dress from Burberry's Resort 2012 collection. Rosie and Burberry have a relationship going back to 2009, when she starred in the label's fall ad campaign. [Telegraph]

Bill Gaytten was named creative director of the John Galliano label last week, as our Adam Tschorn reported. But over the weekend rumors started circulating that bigwigs at LVMH, which owns both the Galliano label and Christian Dior -- where John Galliano served as creative director until he was fired in March -- were considering whether it would be feasible to reinstate the disgraced designer to his eponymous label. But they apparently decided against it. [Telegraph] [Cut] 

Heidi Klum plans to launch a new costume jewelry collection with QVC. Wildlife by Heidi Klum will initially encompass around 35 styles ranging in price from $30 to $200. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

New Miss USA Alyssa Campanella was crowned last week as a redhead. But she is really a natural blond, it turns out, wearing what has become the color of choice this summer since she was in high school. "I was quiet and reserved as a blond," she says, "but it's like the red hair immediately unleashed this fiery personality I had inside." [StyleList]

Kim and Khloe Kardashian have been tweeting X-rays of what they say is Kim's rear end, to prove that the reality star hasn't had any work done there. "Proof, baby," Kim tweeted.  Honestly, I'm finding all this to do over what's real and what isn't pretty silly. But being silly has made the Kardashians a fortune. [People] 

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Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano Homme takes to the runway, a new creative director takes the helm

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AgayttonJust two days after its founder stood trial in a Paris courtroom on charges of uttering anti-Semitic insults, the spring and summer 2012 John Galliano Homme collection took to the runway, with a new creative director taking the final bow.

Bill Gaytten, who spent the last 23 years working alongside Galliano at the label, briefly appeared at the top of the runway and gave a quick wave to the crowd before disappearing from view -- a stark contrast to Galliano's traditionally flamboyant post-show pose. According to a spokesman for the brand, the 51-year-old Gaytten, who holds a degree in architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, has been named to succeed Galliano -- who was fired by majority owner LVMH Louis Vuitton -- in the role of creative director.

Other than a new face at the far-end of the runway, the most noticeable difference this season was the absence of over-the-top styling, makeup and theatrical sets. (Last season's show, for example, involved pianos, candelabras, full-length dance mirrors and faux snow on the catwalk). The more subdued staging may have cut into the mood, but it made it a lot easier to envision the clothes as they'd most likely be worn.

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Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Post-George Clooney, Elisabetta Canalis shops. Post trial, what's next for John Galliano?

John Galliano In the aftermath of John Galliano's testimony Wednesday that he had no recollection of what happened in a couple of altercations in Paris because he was addicted to alcohol and drugs -- an addiction he said was brought on by the stress and unrelenting pace of the world of fashion -- we can only wonder what's next for him?

The French court isn't expected to rule until September on his guilt or innocence of hurling racist and anti-Semitic slurs -- which is a crime in France. And if he's found guilty, we won't know until then whether he will go to prison and/or pay a fine. But will he ever return to fashion design? Maybe yes, maybe no.

Word is, he is the creative force behind the wedding gown supermodel Kate Moss will wear next week when she marries Jamie Hince. But Galliano was also fired by Christian Dior, which is the principal property of conglomerate LVMH Louis Vuitton, which is an awfully powerful force to run afoul of. And even though he has sought treatment for his problems since Dior fired him in March, will he even want to return to the world of fashion, which took such a heavy toll? 

As the Telegraph puts it, it may take a lot of remorse on Galliano's part, public forgiveness and help from fashion friends for him ever to grace the world's catwalks again. [Telegraph]

Just as news was breaking about Elisabetta Canalis' split with George Clooney, she did what any of the heartbroken among us would do: She went shopping. [People]

Atyson The lawsuit  Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill brought against Warner Bros. for copying the  tattoo he created for boxer Mike Tyson on the face of Ed Helms' character in "The Hangover: Part II" has been settled. Unfortunately for those wondering whether tattoos are subject to copyright law, the terms of the settlement were not disclosed. "Warner Bros. and Mr. Whitmill have amicably resolved their dispute. No other information will be provided," Whitmill's attorney, Geoff Gerber, said. [Wired.com]

Sub70, the collection of retro but youthful golf clothes that made its U.S. debut at Los Angeles' Ron Robinson boutique recently, now has a working website stateside too. Sub70usa.com went live on Wednesday, offering a direct link to the men's collection, which marries a lean Euro fit and beautiful pops of color on polos, pants and shorts for clothes designed to work on and off the course. And we here at All the Rage are expecting an upswing in interest in golf clothes since Rory McIlroy's engaging win at the U.S. Open on Sunday. [Los Angeles Times]

Could Pippa Middleton be responsible for bringing back a fashion sin? We mean nude pantyhose. Something that seemed to disappear from fashionable legs over the last, oh, decade or so. But Pippa was spotted wearing a pair in Paris earlier this month.  [Huffington Post]

Author Julia Chaplin coined the term "gypset" for a kind of tribal, island-y style inspired by her travels around the world. Now she has a line of gypset dresses, offered on the West Coast exclusively at Des Kohan in Los Angeles. [Mondette]

Ermenegildo Zegna unveiled an app for its e-commerce site that adds a 3-D store to the experience. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

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John Galliano blames addictions, fashion as his anti-Semitism case comes to trial

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John Galliano doesn't remember hurling racist insults in a Paris bar in February. But he blamed whatever may have happened then and in another similar incident on drug and alcohol addictions and the stress of working in the fast-paced fashion industry.

This sums up his testimony in a court hearing Wednesday, where the former Christian Dior creative director faced charges of making anti-Semitic and racist comments in violation of French law during the altercation in February and another similar incident. (A viral video of him making anti-Semitic comments in a third incident and praising Hitler was shown during the hearing, but the women involved in that incident didn't press charges.) A three-member judicial panel heard testimony from Galliano and witnesses, but isn't expected to rule until September. 

According to Eonline.com, "I have a triple addiction," Galliano told the court. "I'm a recovering alcoholic and a recovering addict. After every creative high, I would crash and the alcohol helped me."

Galliano said he was pushed to the edge by a "billion dollar business" and "moneymaking machine" that Dior and his own Galliano brand had become.

"I would crash after every creative high, and the alcohol would help me to escape." His relief came in a triple cocktail of "sleeping pills, alcohol and Valium", but, he insisted, no illegal drugs, according to a report on the hearing in the Telegraph.

In Galliano's defense, two witnesses to one incident and a witness to the second said they had not heard any objectionable comments from him.

One said she was "shocked" that the designer had lost his job.

"This type of row happens all the time in Paris but the only reason it has gone this far is that it concerns John Galliano," she said.

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Photo: Courtroom sketch of former Dior designer John Galliano taking the stand. Credit: Dominique Lemarie / Associated Press


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