PARIS — While John Galliano was standing trial on a charge of public insult on Wednesday, employees at the fashion house that bears his name were hard at work readying spring men’s wear for the runway tonight — and a resort collection for which the firm’s chief executive officer has high hopes.
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“There has been a lot of interest, a lot of appointments booked, so we will see,” ceo Pierre Denis told WWD on Thursday. “Obviously it has been a complicated year, but people are keen to support the house, and we are producing great collections. I hope this will be reflected in the sales.”
The John Galliano women’s collection is carried in about 85 doors, according to the company. Denis said the studio — including Galliano’s longtime wingman Bill Gaytten — designed the resort lineup, which evokes the spirit of the Jazz Age in the Twenties and Thirties. Inspired by Bessie Smith, the line includes prim tweed suits, retro-esque trenchcoats and frothy georgette dresses. “This creative team is the heart of the company,” Denis said. “It is this great creative energy and talent that can truly capture the Galliano DNA with originality and innovative ideas.”
Meanwhile, the High Court in Paris is to deliver its ruling on Galliano’s insult case on Sept. 8, with the prosecutor calling for a fine of no less than 10,000 euros, or $14,300 at current exchange rates. As reported, Galliano blamed work pressure and substance addiction for the outbursts that cost him his job at his signature house and as couturier at Christian Dior.