Posts Tagged ‘John Galliano’

Seth Meyers Wears Dress, Makes Galliano Joke

June 6, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

SNL’s Seth Meyers knows fashionable people take risks, so that’s just what he did as host of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on Monday evening. The funny man’s risk taking fell into two categories — comedy and clothes modeling — and surprisingly, he did better in the latter.

A dig he made at former Dior designer John Galliano toward the beginning of his opening remarks reportedly fell a bit flat. “As a comedian, I have to say that this gig is a dream come true, because you know what they say about the world of high fashion: It’s just a bunch of easygoing, laid-back people who love to laugh at themselves. You could even say that fashion and comedy go together like bar mitzvahs and Galliano” he quipped. “No one in this room got where they were without taking a risk. I just took one, and I think we can all agree I shouldn’t have. That joke went so badly I’m going to get fired from Dior.”

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Attack of the 50-Foot Natalie Portman?

February 22, 2012

This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Natalie Portman is big everywhere in the world, including in Beirut, Lebanon, where she appears on a 50-foot billboard for Dior cosmetics. But not everyone is a fan.

Algemeiner reports that anti-Israeli Lebanese bloggers are complaining about the actress’s image in their capital city. “Since each contact or with an Israeli occupation in Lebanon is considered a crime, you do not think hanging a poster size of 15 meters with the Zionist Jerusalem is illegal?,” suggested one blogger. He was referring to Portman having been born in Jerusalem (as Natalie Hershlag) and to her public stance in defense of Israel and against anti-Semitism.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Galliano Is Out, La Perle Is In

October 3, 2011

This post first appeared as “John Galliano’s Old Haunt Draws Hip Crowd” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

The crowds outside La Perle in the Marais

John Galliano is no longer at Christian Dior, nor does he go any more to the La Perle café-bar in the Marais district of Paris. That was the setting for the drunken anti-Semitic tirades that got him into trouble not only with his former employer, but also with the law. But the fact that those hateful outbursts happened there has apparently made La Perle a hip place to hang out.

The neighborhood establishment, which caters to local workers and families during the day, is now so crowded late at night that its young, upscale patrons are crowding the sidewalks outside.

The New York Times points out that La Perle, unlike the Marais district in which it is located, is neither gay nor Jewish. It is owned by Jean-Philippe Nighoghossian, who is half-Jewish and half-Armenian. While he can’t be too upset about the increased business, he does express frustration over the fact that his café-bar is now associated with the Galliano scandal. “We were put into the same water as Galliano. We got so many angry, insulting calls and messages — people accusing us of being a ‘Fascist’ place. I have people of all origins working here, and we were all really shaken up,” he told the Times. “Both the Jews and the Armenians were persecuted peoples, and that made the slurs against me, my staff and my establishment even more painful.”

Whatever La Perle’s reputation, it should enjoy its 15 minutes of fame. The high level of interest in the place will likely not last too much longer. “Now that it’s called a trendy hot spot on so many Internet blogs, the trendy hot spot has gone somewhere else,” said one fickle patron.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.


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