Top aide replaces Galliano by yaofenji


									                                                                                                                                                               Gulf Daily News Sunday, 26th June 2011                  19

                                                                                                                                       Stars sparkle at
                                                                                                                                       charity Aids gala
                                                                                                                                      PARIS: The Black Eyed Peas,           ry booty shake and waxed nostalgic
                                                                                                                                      Fergie, Miami Heat star dwayne        about the start of her blockbuster
                                                                                                                                      wade and designers Marc               career, saying she “never wanted to
                                                                                                                                      JacoBS, Viktor horStinG               be a role model.”
                                                                                                                                      and rolf Snoeren added                   But as she learned how she could
                                                                                                                                      A-list sparkle to a sumptuous Aids    use her celebrity status to support
                                                                                                                                      charity gala on the margins of        causes that she cared about, “I learned
                                                                                                                                      Paris’ menswear week.                 to take responsibility for helping other
                                                                                                                                         An auction of luxury lots, invi-   people and started to make up for all
                                                                                                                                                                            the crap I used to do.”
                                                                                                                                      tations to haute couture fashion         The evening also included per-
                                                                                                                                      shows and VIP tickets to a Black      formances by Irish singer roiSin
                                                                                                                                      Eyed Peas concert fetched tens        Murphy and French duo
                                                                                                                                      of thousands of dollars for the       Brigitte, whose head-to-toe sequin
                                                                                                                                      American Foundation for Aids          outfits stood out even among the
                                                                                                                                      Research, a charity founded by the    outrageously dressed crowd.
                                                                                                                                      late elizaBeth taylor.                   Last year, the first annual Paris
                                                                                                                                         Fergie and Dutch design duo        amfAR gala raised $180,000
                                                                                                                                      Viktor and rolf were hon-             (BD67,865) for Aids research.
                                                                                                                                      oured for their contributions to
                                                                                                                                      the fight against
                                                                                                                                      Aids at the dinner,
                                                                                                                                      where other A-list
                                                                                                                                      guests included
                                                                                                                                      actress diane
                                                                                                                                      kruGer, bur-
                                                                                                                                      lesque dancer
                                                                                                                                      dita Von
                                                                                                                                      teeSe and actor
   s Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia and mother Marian Robinson tour the Madikwe Game Reserve                                  JereMy iron’s
                                                                                                                                      son, emerging
planned, but said the premiere is           of reconciliation and remorse. Winfrey       discussion of the role forgiveness could     model Max
for 320 invited guests only.                on Friday came to a school where             play in post-apartheid South Africa. In a    ironS.
Undefeated begins limited release           five years ago, four white students          campus ceremony earlier this year, the          Fergie tried to
on July 15 at 10 AMC theatres in            made a video humiliating black               students’ public apology was accepted
Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City,              housekeeping staff                                              by the cleaners.
                                                                                                                                      take to the stage to
Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County,            – they are shown                                                After receiving her       receive her award
Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis and          eating a stew the                                               honorary education        but was waylaid by
Independence, Missouri. At the              students had mimed                                              doctorate, Winfrey        her skirt, a black
film’s website, they’re asking visitors     spiking with urine                                              called five cleaners      Louis Vuitton
to vote on which other AMC theatres         – and expressing                                                to the stage and          number so nar-
ought to show the film, though plans        opposition to                                                   pronounced them
for wider release were vague.               integrating the                                                 heroes. In a passage
                                                                                                                                      row she couldn’t
                                            historically white                                              that drew cheers          lift her leg high
Doctorate for Winfrey                       University of the Free
                                            State. JOnAtHAn JAnSen, who in
                                                                                                            from the audience,
                                                                                         the citation accompanying Winfrey’s
                                                                                                                                      enough to climb up
                                                                                                                                      the steps. Vuitton
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa: OPRAH           2009 became the university’s first black     honorary doctorate, the 152nd awarded
WInfRey accepted an honorary                                                                                                          designer JacoBS,
                                            rector, called for the four to be forgiven   by the university, said Winfrey “has truly   the man behind the
degree from a central South African         and rehabilitated.                           become a South African. She did so
university infamous for troubled race       Jansen withstood accusations he              because she believed that there was          hobbling garment,
relations, saying the institution had       was conceding too much to racists            important work to be done here, and          had to help her hop
turned an ugly experience into a            as he led the university, the students       she wanted to be part of what nelSOn         up the stairs.
model for confronting the challenges        and the cleaners in a closely watched        MAnDelA and others had begun.”                  Finally onstage,
                                                                                                                                      Fergie did a victo-

Top aide replaces Galliano
PARIS: John Galliano’s                  under the close supervision of         been announced.                          and the styling evoked Galliano,
sacking from Christian Dior went        the label’s Press handlers.               At the house of Galliano, the         they felt like a meek and timid
viral in a matter of minutes, and          Questions on the touchy             strategy has clearly been to make        version of the designer – pared
his subsequent firing from his          subject of Galliano were off-          the transition as smooth as possi-       down and de-clawed.
eponymous fashion line was also         limits, as were those related to       ble. Friday’s show had all the tell-        Despite the stomping models,
splashed all over the front page        the future of the label, which is      tale marks of a classic Galliano         the earsplitting soundtrack and
of newspapers worldwide, but the        owned by Dior parent company           display, from the way the seating        the set made from wildly blink-
much-anticipated announcement           LVMH. The luxury giant has             was arranged down to the lan-            ing lights, the show lacked the
of his replacement at the house         tried to erase the designer – who      guage of the collection notes to         energy of a Galliano display of
of Galliano went down without a         spent 15                                                       the way          old. Somehow, though the ingre-
drop of ink being spilled.              years as                                                       the models       dients were the same, something
   Galliano’s longtime right-hand       Dior crea-                                                     clomped          just didn’t coalesce, and the
man, Bill Gaytten, stepped              tive direc-                                                    angrily          whole thing fell a bit flat.
into his former boss’ shoes – and       tor – from                                                     down the            But don’t say that to Dior
the title of creative director of       the pages                                                      runway.          chief executive Sidney
the John Galliano label – the           of Dior’s                                                         Like          toledano. After working
moment he took to the stage             storied his-                                                   shows            the front row ahead of the show
for a bow at the end of Friday’s        tory since                                                     under            and glad-handing all the industry
spring-summer 2012 show.                allegations                                                    Galliano         heavyweights, Toledano headed
   As the slight, greying Gaytten       emerged in                                                     himself,         backstage to pat Gaytten on the
emerged onto the catwalk, the           March that                                                     the dis-         back and pose for smiling photos
audience of fashion insiders shot       he hurled                                                      play was         with him.
one another confused glances and        anti-                                                          divided             But as much as label execu-
                                                             n Galliano, left, and Gaytten
mouthed the words “who’s that?”         Semitic                                                        into four        tives would like to forget the
   Despite having worked for            insults at a couple in Paris.          sections – street wear, business         past and focus on the future,
Galliano for 25 years, Gaytten             After a video of a separate         attire, intimates and evening            they’ve been unable to erase the
always remained a behind-the-           incident that shows a visibly          wear – all linked together by an         disgraced designer entirely. By
scenes man, and his face was            inebriated Galliano praising           overarching narrative.                   pure coincidence, Galliano’s
familiar to few in the audience.        hitler was posted on the                  Swinging ‘60s London was              Paris trial coincided with the
   “It was a funny moment for           Internet, Dior fired him, and          the theme of Friday’s collection,        first day of the city’s menswear
me. It was the first time – nor-        LVMH swiftly followed suit,            with models in the first section         displays on Wednesday, which
mally it was John – so it was a         sacking Galliano from the label        sporting military jackets with           meant that many fashion insiders s A model presents a creation by Albanian designer
bit scary,” British-born Gaytten        that bears his own name. His           drop-crotched silk pants and             ended up spending the day in the lina, during the second day of the Albania fashion
said in a backstage interview           replacement at Dior still has not      leather caps. Though the clothes         courthouse instead of the shows.                       Week

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