Karl Lagerfield On John Galliano Controversy: "It's A Horrible Image For Fashion, I'm Furious With Him"
Mar 2, 2011 01:18 PM
John Galliano's drunken anti-Semitic rant got him fired from Christian Dior, and now one of his fashion colleagues is speaking out.
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfield released the following statement:
- "Iâ€™m furious, if you want to know. Iâ€™m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. Itâ€™s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story.
The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk â€” there are things you cannot do... Iâ€™m furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and [chairman and ceo] Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. Itâ€™s as if he had his child hurt."
Ouch! Aside from this drama, Galliano did get some good news regarding a recent case involving trademark rights to his famous name. A U.N.-appointed arbitrator just ruled that the domain name galliano.fr must be given to the designer within the next ten days.
As for the alleged anti-Semitic rant, Galliano has issued an apology. Read what he had to say ... after the jump.