PARIS - Pierre Berge wants the head of Jacques Mouclier.
"Either Mouclier goes or Saint Laurent quits the Chambre," Berge said Wednesday, in the wake of the collapse of Event Media's plan for live telecasts of the upcoming couture collecitons to the U.S.
Accusing Mouclier, president of the Chambre Syndicale, of "a serious professional failure," the fiery YSL chief said he'll call for a special meeting of the Chambre and will demand Mouclier's resignation.
As reported, Event Media pulled out of the $1 million deal with the Chambre this week after it reportedly failed to sell enough tickets to the telecast, which would have been sent via satellite to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Under the terms of the deal, the Chambre had promised that Event Media would pay around $50,000 to each of the 18 couture houses that agreed to participate, almost exactly the cost of renting one hall in the Carrousel du Louvre, the new fashion center here.
"Mr. Mouclier has endangered the reputation of couture with this debacle," Berge fumed. "He led a lot of couture houses down the garden path into the Carrousel with promises of hundreds of thousands of francs, and they won't get a sou.
"This dude is incapable of managing the Chambre. He's ridiculous, and must be replaced," Berge added.
Berge said he would ask for the special Chambre meeting after the couture season ends next week.
Mouclier said he had done no wrong and added that Berge called him Wednesday to warn that he would seek his ouster.
"Look, Mr. Berge was one of the people who signed the contract with Event Media," said Mouclier. "If it was such a terrible idea, then why on earth did he agree to it in the first place?"
Mouclier said the Chambre plans to sue Event Media for breach of contract.
"My conscience is clear," Mouclier added. "I've been in fashion for 21 years and I believe I've brought a few things to la mode over the years. Berge can do what he wants. I remain confident in my position."
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