So precious are fashion’s stars that editors, critics, and other top fashion people are struggling to contextualize, even justify, the incidents surrounding John Galliano that led to his firing from Dior. Once the video of Galliano in that Paris café surfaced, the industry knew he was finished — and an editor from WWD who made the morning television-news rounds told CNN he couldn’t see Galliano working again until that video was forgotten. Knowing that may never happen has top fashion folk in a state of mourning. WWD’s Bridget Foley likens the Galliano incident to Alexander McQueen’s suicide, which cast a pall over the fall show season just one year ago.
The fashion world is in shock over the news of John Galliano, his dismissal from Dior and the inexplicable behavior that prompted it. The sadness equals the shock. With everyone together for collections in a twist of timing, there’s the aura of a wake after a sudden death. May this not offend those who love Alexander McQueen, but I feel not unlike I did last year when I learned the news of Lee’s death: One of our rare geniuses, a man of unique and irreplaceable talent, has destroyed his career. Coming on the front-end of the New York shows, McQueen’s death cast a dark shadow over the entire season; Galliano’s career crash casts a pall over Paris.