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Memorable Moments From Galliano’s Sit-down With Charlie Rose

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John Galliano on Charlie Rose

Between Ingrid Sischy’s interview in Vanity Fair‘s July issue, Jonathan Newhouse’s profession of support, Cathy Horyn’s call for him to pave his own way back, and last night’s Charlie Rose sit-down, John Galliano has been monopolizing headlines of late. And understandably so—the pair of interviews marked the first time the former Dior designer spoke with journalists on the subject of his racist rant and struggle with addiction that ultimately led to his dismissal from the storied fashion house. If you missed his sober chat with Rose—during which Galliano was almost unrecognizable, having traded his signature matador and pirate ensembles for a blue oxford and blazer—we suggest you give it a watch. Galliano, who sometimes inspires sympathy and sometimes doesn’t, told Rose that it would be his last interview on the topic (he said additional discussions wouldn’t be “wise”). Here, a rundown of the apologetic designer’s most notable comments on such topics as Lee McQueen, the infamous video, his recovery, and his comeback.

On the video and the aftermath:

“No one was more shocked than myself, Charlie… At that point in my career I had become what is known as a blackout drinker. It’s where one can’t transfer short-term memory into long-term memory, so I have no memory of that event.”

“I was emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally bankrupt. I didn’t know it, but I had a very big breakdown. Nervous breakdown, mental breakdown, emotional breakdown. I didn’t know, but I couldn’t begin to describe how that felt. And I was in denial.”

“[Natalie Portman] was right to say what she said. What I said was disgusting.”

On success and addiction:

“Along with all the successes came more collections. At that moment I was producing 32 collections a year between the house of Galliano and the house of Dior. And each collection would comprise about 1,000 pieces. Would you like me to run through the collections for you? We won’t have time.”

“By then, I was a slave to alcohol, then I would take the Valium to stop the shaking to do the fittings, and the sleeping pills so I could sleep. I was traveling a lot and my life became unmanageable.” Continue Reading “Memorable Moments From Galliano’s Sit-down With Charlie Rose” »

Diane Von Furstenberg, China Girl

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The wrap dresses were on full display Saturday night as Diane von Furstenberg opened her Journey of a Dress exhibition at the Pace Gallery in Beijing’s 798 art district this weekend.

Guests including Jessica Alba (above), Natalia Vodianova (top, with von Furstenberg), and Charlie Rose mingled amid a paean to the designer’s trademark glamour and independent spirit (vintage magazine covers; DVF portraits by Warhol, Clemente, and Testino; maybe a wrap dress or 30), rubbing elbows with Chinese VIPs ranging from model Du Juan to artists Yi Zhou and Li Songsong. (The latter two contributed DVF-inspired works of their own). “Diane is someone who has lived life to the fullest,” said Hung Huang, who—as a cultural icon, television personality and publisher of the lifestyle magazine iLook—also knows something about living life to the fullest. “Chinese women have been gaining in position over the past 30 years, and Diane can be an inspiration.”

First shown in Moscow and São Paulo, the exhibition follows up on a lavish Red Ball thrown in Shanghai last Thursday—all part of von Furstenberg’s concerted effort to make a splash in the booming Chinese market. “It was like a red dream, a movie,” von Furstenberg said of the Shanghai event, which featured performances, masked attendants, and who-knows-how-many red lanterns at artist Zhang Huan’s sprawling studio compound. And what of the difference between the two cities? “Beijing is power,” she said.

Photos: Courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Toasting T

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“Second only to Diane von Furstenberg, Sally Singer is my favorite woman in fashion,” Mickey Boardman said last night. “Wherever she is, I’ll be there with bells on.”

Last night, “there” was the Spotted Pig, and Boardman was indeed on hand-draped in bling if not in bells. He’d turned up, like Charlie Rose, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Adler, and Jason Wu (left, with Singer), to toast Singer’s new gig as the editor in chief of T. The editor herself was in a forward-looking mood (if a little exhausted, like most of those on hand, from a week-plus of fashion shows). But she’s as well known for her wide-ranging non-fashion interests-design, literature, culture, art, and so on-as for her taste for clothes. And at T, that’s a requisite. “I think [the interconnectedness] is indelible to T and the Times, where we have the best newsroom in the world-the best newsrooms all over the world.” Asked if she felt pressure to institute bold changes, she demurred. “Not at all,” she said. “I think Stefano [Tonchi] did an incredible job. I inherited an incredible magazine. I don’t have to change anything. A magazine just naturally takes on the personality of its editor.”

The Spotted Pig, meanwhile, had taken on the personality of the magazine for the night. Giant bouquets of roses scented the second floor room, and scattered around were giant versions of T‘s gothic-script logo constructed out of hay. It may have been the tail end of a long fashion week, but the designers came to pay their respects, too. Joseph Altuzarra, fielding compliments and praise for his show, spoke for many when he said, “Sally was one of my earliest supporters. I’m so happy for her.” And Wu put the capper on it: “What’s not to celebrate? Sally’s amazing.”

Photo: Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan

Karen Takes The Mic, Adam Takes A Seat, And More…

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Karen Elson (pictured) walked a few New York shows this season, but she’s got her eye on a second career—country chanteuse. The English-born Nashvillian has posted a first song from her upcoming album on her Web site. Designers, we smell a runway soundtrack… [Karen Elson]

Art-loving menswear designer Adam Kimmel—who’s collaborated with artists on most of his presentations, enlisting them as models, photographers, and lately, mask-makers—has been named to the board of directors of MoMA’s P.S.1. [Observer]

Ana Lerario, welcome to the blogosphere. The Lerario Beatriz designer has launched a new blog, where her musings so far include posts on knitwear maintenance, her inspirations, and suggestions for romantic dates. (Cue aww for the photo booth pics of her and her husband, menswear designer Robert Geller.) [Lerario Beatriz]

And well worth a few minutes of watching this afternoon: a vintage Charlie Rose clip, turned up by Boing Boing, featuring Charlie chatting with the late Alexander McQueen. (It’s around the 45-minute mark.) Our favorite revelation: McQueen’s perfect image of woman was Diane Keaton. [Boing Boing via Racked]

Photo: Greg Kessler

blasblog: salman rushdie, watchmaker

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Every once in a while, I find myself at a party that confounds me. Maybe it’s a black-tie gala for the Westminster Dog Show, or perhaps it’s a Republican fundraiser that I was tricked into attending with the promise of a goodie bag. Who knows? Well, last night was another one of those nights: I attended a cocktail event celebrating Vacheron Constantin watches designed by Charlie Rose and Salman Rushdie (I thought socialites had the lock on accessory collaborations) and featuring a performance by Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Ne-Yo—all in support of an Afghanistan charity. Got that? The good news is that whatever the party lacked in congruity it made up for in festivity. Rushdie and his fellow host, architect Richard Meier, hid behind a pole when a speechmaker tried to call them to the podium, giggling like schoolboys. And Lindsay Price and Kim Raver wrangled front-row perches for Ne-Yo’s set, but from where I was positioned I couldn’t tell if they followed his orders to “Raise your hands if you’re an independent woman!” In all seriousness, though, Afghanistan World Foundation, which builds hospitals and medical facilities in rural parts of that war-torn country, is a charity that can use this sort of attention. “For every one Afghan there are two mines,” said Rushdie. “And when children play, sometimes they find them. But the hospitals are so far—sometimes ten hours—that they often bleed to death before they get there. We want to fix that.”

 

 

Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage for Nike Communications