Love him or hate him, John Galliano has had an influence on the fashion world that's impossible to deny. Haute couture as a crazy, fun-filled extravaganza of excess? Not before he came along and began deconstructing the bourgeois fashion house of Christian Dior. His designs have shocked and delighted and led others — most recently Julien MacDonald at Givenchy — to try the same stunts. They've also had one unanticipated effect — they've made the fashion industry impossible to parody. How do you top his Spring 2000 homeless collection featuring newspaper-clad models? A fashion-show invitation in the shape of a rabbit-fur purse complete with lipstick, money and pills inside? The trailer-park chic ad campaign he did with photographer Nick Knight? And what writer could possibly think up a character more delightfully flamboyant and more willingly outrageous than Galliano himself? Instead of getting stale, as many pundits predicted it would, the Galliano effect is working better than ever. Editors continue to rave about his collections, sales of his products for Christian Dior continue to climb — up 44% in the quarter ending July 17. And everyone with a haute couture business in Paris continues to watch his every move.