Archive for February, 2011
From the Company: ” Christian Dior has confirmed that John Galliano has been suspended from his role with the company pending investigation. Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour,” Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement which we received this afternoon. Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.”
John Galliano has been arrested for an alleged assault, as well as alleged anti-Semitic remarks, reports on international news agency AFP suggest today – but all may not be as it seems. We spoke to someone this morning who was in the cafe at the time of the altercation – and her story suggests Galliano may not have been at fault.
“We had a table at La Perle and John Galliano sat next to us,” our eyewitness told us. “He spoke to a couple at a nearby table to say ‘Cheers’ and they insulted him. An argument started and the police came, so Galliano’s bodyguard suggested that they should go to the police station to sort it out. He wasn’t ‘busted’ aggressively by police, it was very quiet and peaceful. I definitely didn’t hear him say anything anti-Semitic, or against any religion, it was all very calm.”
Sources told AFP earlier this morning that the Christian Dior creative director was apprehended in Paris last night for assault, following an altercation in the city’s Marais district. He was reportedly released by police this morning. The designer was allegedly accused of verbally abusing a couple who were sitting on a cafe terrace – and was found to have been drinking alcohol when he was arrested.
“For the moment we don’t know what led him to address the couple,” the police source said.
A Christian Dior spokesperson said this morning that the label does not have any official comment as yet. See a full eyewitness interview on www.sleek-mag.com.
The company reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $25 million, or 14 cents a share, compared to a loss of $4.6 million, or 3 cents, in the year ago period.
For the year, Saks posted net earnings of $47.8 million, or 30 cents, compared to a loss of $57.9 million, or 40 cents, in the year before.
Sales in the fourth quarter rose 8.4 percent on a comparable-store basis to $866.3 million, from $811.3 million in the year-ago quarter. For the year, sales rose 6.4 percent on a comparable-store basis to $2.79 billion from $2.63 billion in the year-ago period.
“I am very pleased with our fourth quarter and full year operating performance,” said Stephen I. Sadove, Saks chairman and chief executive officer. “The meaningful year-over-year improvement resulted from comparable store sales increases and gross margin rate expansion. Our team executed very well during the year as we strategically moved from defense to offense.”
“We achieved comparable store sales increases in each month of 2010, with our strongest performance in the fourth quarter,” Sadove commented.
In the Saks Fifth Avenue stores, women’s and men’s apparel, handbags and shoes were strong. For the quarter, the sales increase in the New York City flagship was modestly below the company’s aggregate comparable store sales performance, Saks said.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Elie Tahari says his fall collection starts with the letter “L.”
“It’s about love,” he said backstage before the line debuted at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday. “It’s about luxe, luxurious, luscious.” He went on to add leather, lace and leopard to the list.
Tahari’s romantic look combined sheer and flowing with solid, wearable materials. Clothing was grouped by colour as models moved down the runway, changing from black to white then fading to beige and darker browns before ending with burgundy.
Chiffon flowed over lace or lace fell over chiffon to create sheer effects. Sleeves were wide and floating. Fox fur functioned as vests, scarves and stoles. Animal prints appeared on skirts, jackets and pants.
The rich look attracted television’s Joan Rivers and her daughter Melissa Rivers to the front row.
Tahari said he sees the woman he dresses as “sexy and smart.”
“It’s about dressing up,” he said. “It’s about looking beautiful while feeling good and being happy.”