March 03, 2011

J'Adore Dior

John Galliano has fallen from grace, and Dior had no choice but to let him go. No designer is bigger than the house. I’m in two minds about the whole fracas. Galliano was clearly out of his head, and so far as anyone knows had no clue what was coming out of his mouth. Still, he said what he said and now must take it like a man and face the consequences. I’m unsure quite why the tirade was being secretly filmed, and I’m even less a fan of the sale of the video to The Sun. It all smacks of seediness to me, which is just bad cricket.

Dior, however, did the right thing. No company can defend that kind of embarrassment without taking a hit, and they had to appear holier than thou for the sake of their own reputation. If Galliano has become the fashion world’s sticky accelerator then it’s time for a re-fit.

I’m currently rather taken with Dior’s Intense Eau de Parfum, which I’ve been wearing since Christmas. It’s a complex fragrance that develops throughout the day, without ever being overpowering or macho: the sort of thing worn by complicated men with elegant lives (or those who aspire to such things). Take a look at the Jude Law flick below, directed by Guy Ritchie. It’s a trifle odd in the editing and concept, but is unquestionably elegant. The soundtrack by Muse is superb. More of this kind of thing please, and rather less lunacy from its designers.

1 comment:

  1. A well-written, well-reasoned post.

    We may disapprove publicly of Galliano's outburst and feel good about ourselves for doing so and imagine we might get to Heaven if we click our tongue and wag a finger at these nasty, evil bigots.

    But surely this case--and the others like it that seem to be happening with more frequency--are indicative of the intense self-censorship that white men in the Occupied West must practice on a daily basis if they are to keep their job, status, home, etc.

    At some point, I imagine, the pressure is simply too much to bear.


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