The John Galliano Fall 2011 presentation yesterday had a hard-to-spot surprise: One model wore a small Star of David tattoo on her lithe upper arm.
The traditional symbol of Judaism caught the attention of those present at the intimate showing, in light of the designer's recent arrest and firing from Christian Dior for alleged anti-Semitic remarks he made during a reportedly drunken public confrontation. It's not clear whether the model was making an intentional statement with her tattoo or if it was mere coincidence.
But there were other seemingly intentional references to the designer's recent troubles and downfall. The New York Times' Eric Wilson noted meaningful song lyrics: "Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep,' which includes the line 'We could have had it all,' and, at the finale, the opening of Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida,' which begins with 'I used to rule the world...'
Galliano was not present at his namesake label's presentation (he is reportedly at the Meadows rehab facility in Arizona), but Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano did make an appearance. "This is a business which has licenses and tomorrow we will show the collection in the showrooms as usual... I am here to prove that business goes on... and to support the teams," the executive said, as reported on New York magazine's Web site. Dior currently owns 92 percent of the Galliano label, but there is no word on the future of the two brands' relationship.
As for the actual clothing? The collection featured elegant, 1940s-inspired looks with lots of long, lean gowns in ruffled chiffons, glittering sequins and slinky silks. It was a pretty turnout, with fabulous red-carpet potential. But whether any stars dare to go there remains to be seen.
Get more dirt on the designer's recent scandal here.