Galliano No More

Monday, June 27, 2011

The fashion world still waits with bated breath to unfold the mystery of who will replace the departed John Galliano as Creative Director of the iconic Christian Dior, after his dismissal in February. At last, another piece of the puzzle has been unveiled as Bill Gaytten, a long time member of Galliano’s team, has been confirmed as the new CD of his eponymous label. Stepping out to take the final bow at the John Galliano Mens show in Paris this past Friday, the 51 year old British designer was welcomed with an uproar of applause, none louder than CEO Sidney Toledano, who hand picked Gaytten for the role and was seated front row. Speculation continues as to who will be taking over the Dior name, however, with Gaytten acting as team leader at next weeks Paris Couture show, it’s quite possible he’ll find himself with more than one new job. Having attended The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College in London, Gaytten landed his first job working for Victor Edelstein before embarking on a 23-year journey alongside Galliano at both John Galliano and Dior.

Meanwhile, after appearing in a Paris court last week, facing charges of public insult after his now infamous Anti-Semitic rampage this past winter, Galliano himself is back in rehab in Arizona. The verdict on the charges is set to be released in September after a Summer recess. This will give Johnny Boy a good, long time to think about his actions, and maybe re-evaluate the appropriate place and time for a temper tantrum. Sacre Bleu!


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