Disgraced Galliano fired from own fashion label: report

Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:03pm EDT
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - Scandal-tainted designer John Galliano has been fired from his own fashion label just weeks after an anti-Semitic outburst cost him his top job at Dior, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reported on Friday.

The British designer was ousted from the "John Galliano" fashion label, which is 92-percent-owned by Dior, six weeks after a video surfaced of him hurling anti-Semitic insults at a couple in a Paris bar, the fashion trade journal reported.

The label's board decided to hand over his responsibilities to an in-house design team, WWD said citing sources, without specifying whether the label would retain the same name.

A spokesman for the brand would not confirm or deny the report but said: "Do you think a newspaper as serious as WWD would not check its facts before publishing them?."

Galliano, who was fired from Dior after a video clip circulated online showing him telling fellow drinkers in a bar that he loved Hitler, has reportedly been receiving treatment in Los Angeles for substance abuse problems.

Dior, one of the biggest brands within luxury giant LVMH, has yet to announce who will succeed him at the head of its creative operation. Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters it was in no hurry to announce a name.

(Reporting by Nick Vinocur, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Fashion designer John Galliano (C) and his lawyer Stephane Zerbib (L) arrive for a hearing at a police station in Paris February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes</p>