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Topshop Denies Rumored John Galliano Collaboration

John Galliano's next gig could be designing for Topshop, if rumors are to be believed. Vogue UK reports that Sir Philip Green and Galliano — who both attended their mutual friend Kate Moss's wedding last weekend — are in the earliest stages of discussions.

However, this morning Topshop Tweeted: "It's incredible how rumors get started!" And Elle UK talked to the Topshop press office, which denied that they are doing a Galliano collaboration.

Green himself has now commented: "I saw John Galliano at Kate's wedding last Friday. I did not discuss any business with him then, nor have I since."
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British designer John Galliano has been found guilty of racist and anti-Semitic behaviour by a Paris court today

ohn Galliano has been found guilty of racist and anti-Semitic behaviour.
The British designer - who was facing charges of "casting public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" by French authorities - was ordered by a Paris court today (08.09.11) to pay a total fine of 17,500 euros, but escaped prison.

The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros.

Galliano - who was not in court - was arrested in February of this year following an alteration with a couple outside a Paris cafe, in which he used racist and anti-Semitic language.

A video was then released of him in a Paris bar last October, verbally abusing a woman and proclaiming his love for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
During the court hearing in June, Galliano blamed his behaviour on his excessive drinking and use of prescription medications.

He said: "I would crash after every creative high, and the alcohol would help me to escape.

"My body was becoming used to the pills, so my intake increased to an amount that I actually can't remember how many I was taking."
He apologised for the "sadness" his behaviour caused and has since sought treatment for his addictions.
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I'm not surprised he was found guilty given the public outcry about the whole thing. Hopefully he can learn from this whole thing and everyone can move forward.

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The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros.
SIX MONTHS IN JAIL? I'm not at all familiar with the French legal system, but isn't that a bit steep? I'm not advocating racism or bigotry here, but that just seems like an unusually restrictive burden on the freedom of speech?

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^Pretty severe...Didn't France have people locked up in the early 1940s if you said the wrong thing out in public? You'd think someone there would remember those days...

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Looks like guilty with a reasonably small fine which is suspended and no jail time...

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i read in the guardian he didn't have to pay the fine. i'm not sure what that's about...

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^ Slap on the wrist, no jail and a fine that doesn't have to be paid...But as they said, his life has been ruined already anyway...

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I wish he will be fine today, he pass nice moments with her mother, with Alexis, his boyfriend, with his true friends, I wish he had an exquisite lunch today and celebrate the end of this cruel nightmare.

Court wasn´t too cruel, the sentence was simbolic and in any way it was a joke he have to pay 1 EURO to the "victims" but as boomer said his life was ruined already. And just because he was sick.

There will be a future I know for him a place where his exquisite ideas will be shown and the dreams start to fly again.

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I honestly don't think there will much of a future for John...as a HUGE fan of the man, I don't think what he does has much relevance anymore. He would have to do some serious re-structuring and it could or would ever be the same. I really think this is the end of a huge era in fashion and new doors (and windows) are opening. I think it would be better if we just preserve the past Galliano and "axe" the rest...

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^What? He is a genius. As such, he never becomes irrelevant.

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^What? He is a genius. As such, he never becomes irrelevant.
Sorry, but I honestly don't believe genius and relevancy go hand-in-hand. I'm not saying his work is "dead" or "flat" but it just doesn't seem congruent with the larger picture of fashion. Again, Galliano will always be #1 in my book, but my book is currently not the one that matters and I reckon yours isn't either?...

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^ I agree with iluvjeisa. John's work is relevant because he is relevant. In fact, the controversy has made him even more relevant. By the way, most of the best fashion is the fashion that wasn't the same as what everybody else was doing. Just because everybody thinks or does a certain thing, doesn't make it the best thing.

Also, I don't agree about his life is ruined. This incident is problematic but doesn't change the fact that he is extremely talented. He still has a huge following and I can't really imagine him doing anything other than designing. Honestly, I believe that all that there is left to do is to learn a lesson from the whole situation and move on with our lives. Only time will tell what the outcome is, though.

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Mel Gibson's career rebounded after he made some rather bizarre racist and sexist comments. He only fell back off the radar after those recordings of him threatening his girlfriend came out. I imagine it will be the same way with Galliano: unless he does something phenomenally stupid again, this will pass.

I'm glad he wasn't let off the hook: Being a genius doesn't make one exempt for one's moral failings, but I do think the verdict was overboard. A fine, absolutely. Jail, not neccessary.

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^ I agree with iluvjeisa. John's work is relevant because he is relevant. In fact, the controversy has made him even more relevant. By the way, most of the best fashion is the fashion that wasn't the same as what everybody else was doing. Just because everybody thinks or does a certain thing, doesn't make it the best thing.

Also, I don't agree about his life is ruined. This incident is problematic but doesn't change the fact that he is extremely talented. He still has a huge following and I can't really imagine him doing anything other than designing. Honestly, I believe that all that there is left to do is to learn a lesson from the whole situation and move on with our lives. Only time will tell what the outcome is, though.
Controversy making someone more relevant? I personally don't think so...not in John's case at least! Maybe if he was Lindsay Lohan or some other crap celebrity (the Kate Moss comparison is dead--she is more celebrity, IMHO, than model)...Look at the comments on the Times, the Post--see what people (fashion and non-fashion) are saying...I think it's great and inspiring John's work never marched to the drum of continual similarity that most designer collections repeatedly do---he ALWAYS goes against the grain and that is what we all love about him. But it just seems so out of context and unrememberable in the larger picture of what fashion is becoming... Remember, I am not judging his work for Dior, but rather his work for his "namesake company."

And yet again, I will continue to drive home the point that I am John's #1 Fan (which probably isn't true, but for the sake of driving home a point, it is). I never once said his life was ruined...POTENTIALLY his life in fashion, but is something only time will tell, as re-stated by me! And maybe I am wrong--I've seen more Galliano in recent magazines...plus numerous celeb's have been wearing older, Galliano-designed Dior collections...coincidence? I think not...

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Sorry, but I honestly don't believe genius and relevancy go hand-in-hand. I'm not saying his work is "dead" or "flat" but it just doesn't seem congruent with the larger picture of fashion. Again, Galliano will always be #1 in my book, but my book is currently not the one that matters and I reckon yours isn't either?...
You make a good point of course....The idealist in me hopes that a visionary like John Galliano will always be appreciated for being a genius. I sometimes disliked his Dior collections, but then looking at the detail, I was awestruck. Always. However much I disliked the general look of the clothes, there was always something exquisite once you looked at the detail, the elegance of the cuts.

Personally, I was absolutely in love with his last few namesake collections...perhaps that means I'm not in tune with the Owens drones and minimalistic Philo whorshippers....I really could not care less...honestly....all I know is Galliano's namesake collections have been among the top three each year. Yeah, in my book, it goes without saying doesn't it?

In a way I'm glad he got away from this unforgiving money machine....but at the same time...I crave more of his designs and runway shows.

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