John Galliano has been in the news again this week. There was not much said about him after he was fired from Dior and his own label in February 2011 following a law suit and trial. A Paris court ordered that he stand trial on charges of “public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” against three people. A few months ago Anna Wintour, with whom he has a long standing professional relationship, apparently encouraged him to return to the industry starting with a stint at Oscar de la Renta earlier this year to help with the Fall 2013 collection. This has put him directly in the spotlight again and everyone is wondering if he has changed or mellowed enough to be let out on his own. He did manage to raise a few eyebrows in February when he went out looking very much like a Hasidic Jew and had everyone speculating about what statement, if any, he was trying to make. The Anti Defamation League have apparently applauded his efforts at atonement and have wished him well with his future career. He has reportedly been offered a position lecturing at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. If you look at it from the students point of view it is an amazing opportunity, to be taught by one of the world’s best designers, to be able to tap his talent, creativity and knowledge will be an extraordinary experience. I’m not sure that New York City is the best choice for his return to the fold given that a lot people there don’t feel he has changed his racist and anti Semitic views. A small petition has been launched against Galliano teaching at Parson’s . It got me thinking about whether leopards really change their spots or do they just learn to hide their feeling and opinions the better to fit into society. Can you change how you think or do you just hide it away only to have it pop up again when you are drunk and have little control over your tongue. Who knows what really shapes and molds our views, can it be as simple as a geno typical or pheno typical response. Is it our parents, are we brought up to be or not be racists, is it our experiences, is it our involvement in incidents or situations that give us specific or scares or responses to different races. I suppose time will tell whether Galliano has turned over a new leaf and moved on.
Witchery, Country Road and Cue are doing lots of simple long sleeve t shirt with various metallic and sequin embellishments.
I saw this on the Vogue UK site the other day and was amazed by it! The pastry chef at MOMA in San Francisco is making cakes to look like works of art in the museum. This Piet Mondrain cake is made from white velvet cake with yellow blue and red sections stuck together with chocolate ganache.