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Sympathy for the devil? John Galliano’s anti-Semitic remarks came from his mouth, not his brain, says attorney

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It isn’t the Conrad Black case, or even the O.J. Simpson saga, but for fashion folks across the world, attention was focused on France as designer John Galliano stood on trial to defend his anti-Semitic comments, a rant that swept the Internet months ago. Time magazine reports that Galliano claimed his actions were the fault of a “triple addiction” of alcohol, sleeping pills and Valium—a lethal combination, to be sure, but it seems more like a last-ditch effort to gain sympathy for his addiction (and, well, maybe bounce back from losing his job at Dior). Should Galliano be found guilty of public hate speech—which is punishable under French law—he could serve up to six months in prison and incur $32,000 in fines, but the biggest price he’s had to pay so far is a near-worldwide loss of respect. Earning that back requires at least a quadruple addiction.

• John Galliano on Trial: ‘Triple Addiction’ Led to Anti-Semitic Remarks [Time]

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Target announces planned site locations for its 2013 Canadian arrival

It turns out there’s a lot of info about the Target on our backs—slotted for 2013—that wasn’t available until recently. First, the Hudson’s Bay Company is subletting their Zellers stores for slow, long-term renovations, meaning one day, some (but not all) Zellers locations will vanish, and in their place will be Target stores at the following spots: Woodbine Centre, Cloverdale Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Centerpoint Mall, Bridlewood Mall and East York Town Centre (in addition to several unconfirmed shops throughout the GTA).

In January, Target paid $1.8 billion for the lease rights to 220 Zellers locations, and it intends to commit $10 million toward renovations for each site. That’s a lot of money to become Canada’s go-to place for cheap, well, everything. But with outed racist John Galliano taking over as designer for top-selling Wal-Mart brand George, and Target teaming up with big brands like Rodarte and Missoni, we figure we can almost guarantee where the fashion loyalties will lie.

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Parlez-moi de l’antisémitisme: John Galliano’s perfume pulled from Canadian shelves

Canadian model Jessica Stam is offering support to former Dior designer John Galliano, but Canadian department stores, not so much. Late last week, The Bay announced that it was pulling Galliano’s fragrance, Parlez-moi d’Amour, from its shelves, and now Holt Renfrew reports that “the fragrance has minimal presence on the floors and there are no plans to market … going forward.”

The Canadian retailers are late to the party, considering the instant backlash to a video capturing Galliano’s now infamous anti-Semitic tirade, but we’re just glad action is being taken. It beats the recent run of industry defenders and social media campaigning that proves to have little effect when retailers can’t commit.

Just last month, Parlez-moi d’Amour was positioned as an ideal Valentine’s Day gift—a sweet-smelling perfume from a renowned designer with a romantic streak. Today, Galliano’s product doesn’t speak to anybody of love. It stinks of hate.

• John Galliano’s perfume removed from some shelves [Globe and Mail]

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Canadian model Jessica Stam walks in Dior show in support of John Galliano, a “friend in a dark place”

Jessica Stam and John Galliano in 2007 (Image: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

Natalie Portman may have withdrawn her support for John Galliano after a video surfaced depicting the soon-to-be former Dior designer unleashing an anti-Semitic tirade on patrons at a Paris bar, but Canadian model Jessica Stam remained committed to the label, walking in Galliano’s final Dior show in Paris last Friday. In the drunken rant, Galliano, who joined the fashion house in 1996, drunkenly proclaims “I love Hitler,” an offence punishable as a crime under French law.

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Tavi Gevinson gets access to John Galliano over Jeanne Beker

When we last wrote about Tavi Gevinson’s Fashion Television debut, there was just a teaser clip of her coverage of New York fashion week available on-line. Now, FT has released an eight-minute clip about the suburbanite turned celebrity teen blogger taking over for Jeanne Beker. Our favourite part: when Gevinson tells Beker she spoke with designer John Galliano after his show, an opportunity Beker was not granted. Beker turns to the camera and says, “She got a chance to talk to John Galliano and I didn’t!” Cheer up, Jeanne: you’re still our favourite fashion queen.

Tavi Gevinson for FT [Fashion Television]

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Life in the Fast lane: Canadian designer Mark Fast returns home after turning heads in London

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Mark Fast at Ame, flanked by two models in his designs (Photo by Karon Liu)

With such magazines as Rolling Stone, ID, In Style, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and nine editions of Vogue (Korean, Japanese, Chinese, American, British, Italian, Russian, Greek and Spanish) featuring his designs, it’s odd that Manitoba-born knitwear designer Mark Fast doesn’t get more mainstream attention in his home and native land. But that could change shortly.

The 29-year-old was fêted at the Rubino brothers’ new restaurant, Ame, in Toronto on Friday night—a splashy homecoming party following recent successes overseas. Fast, who has lived in England for the past eight years, caused a stir during London fashion week when he chose three plus-size models to wear his form-fitting knit dresses; his stylist quit, saying that the models “didn’t have the walk down as well as the more experienced slimmer girls.” His clothes have recently been spotted on pretty young things, including Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, and he won a coveted sponsorship from the British Fashion Council to show at London fashion week in February. “All of my ideas came from here, and I don’t want to be hidden away in London forever,” Fast told us on Friday. “Someday I’d like to get a place in Vancouver.”

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Hermès accused of hoarding alligator skins, Karl Lagerfeld creates SpongeBob doll, Tom Ford disses Jason Reitman

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Tom Ford at the TIFF premiere of A Single Man (Photo by Karon Liu)

• Canadian model Coco Rocha announced last week that she’s launching her own fashion line. No details yet, but her sketches include high-waisted skinny jeans, ankle-skimming pants, and a shirt, skirt and cape. We’re not impressed with the initial designs, but if her line comes out anything like Kate Moss for Topshop (we hope, coming to The Bay), we won’t complain. [Oh So Coco]

SpongeBob SquarePants got a makeover courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, who moulded the cartoon creature into a golden mini-Karl, complete with sunglasses, fingerless gloves, shirt and tie. The figurine fetched 1,000 euros at a World Wildlife Fund charity auction. Lagerfeld has already designed a teddy bear in his image, but fans shouldn’t wait for a Karl doll. The designer told W magazine, “Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection. Frightening.” [WWD]

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Lindsay Lohan’s Ungaro collection includes pasties, Carine Roitfeld freaks out at Galliano show, Irving Penn dies at 92

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John Galliano’s fashion show started an hour late, forcing guests, who were already snippy about having to trek to the inconvenient location, to wait in the pouring rain. A particularly pissed Carine Roitfeld chewed up a PR rep, who couldn’t find the French Vogue editor a glass of water. Once inside, the roof began to leak and water dripped on spectators. Not surprisingly, the collection was met with tepid feedback. [Telegraph]

• Just about every fashion critic on Earth trashed Lindsay Lohan’s first collection (hot pink, skin-tight silhouettes and heart-shaped nipple pasties) as Emanuel Ungaro’s “artistic advisor.” But the Washington Post put it best: “It lacked finesse, sophistication, technical skill and any evidence of good taste.” At least there weren’t any leggings. [Washington Post]

• The dim financial future of Christian Lacroix looks a little brighter after the announcement that Sheikh Hassan Ben Ali al-Naimi lI of the United Arab Emirates has offered to take over the house, which filed for bankruptcy four months ago. We’ll find out on October 20 whether or not the bid is successful. Fingers crossed. [AFP]

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