• Tue, Mar 1 2011

Purple Magazine Editor Olivier Zahm Defends John Galliano

In a blog post entitled JOHN I LOVE YOU (his caps, not mine), Purple magazine publisher/editor/svengali Olivier Zahm (pictured) wrote an impassioned defense of the beleaguered (and allegedly anti-Semitic) former-Christian Dior creative director. It goes:

Dear John Galliano,

What happened to you on Thursday night at this nice Parisian cafe, La Perle, fighting with this couple? I know that you are not at all racist —whatever you said, drunk or not, to them! Your multi-ethnic shows, celebrating the beauty of nomadic worlds, and looking into visual languages of forgotten minorities (from everywhere on this planet), has brillantly proved it to everyone from collection to collection since years.

We are living in a dark world where the fashion system can celebrate talented people like you, use them as long as they want and fire them from a day to the next —exploiting an unfortunate private incident (and thusfar unproved anti-Semitic allegations), to get rid of an artist. Letting the international media suspect that you could be a racist, is not acceptable!

I hope that you will be able to keep your position at Dior and I can’t wait to see your new collections in Paris next week.

Love,

Olivier Zahm

Anyone else feel like Zahm is missing the point here?

Granted, the post went up before the video leaked.

(Purple Diary)

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  • Abe

    The news about John Galliano’s anti-Semit­ic rant and his professed love for Hitler is one of the worst bits of news to come along since the War on Terror and the rising obesity rate. John Galliano’s shows for Christian Dior have always topped my best collection­s list. His flair for the dramatic and artistry put him leagues above the rest of fashion’s elite. Clearly, John Galliano is at the height of his addictions and it is hard to hold people accountabl­e for their actions. But, as a concentrat­ion camp survivor’s son, it is hard to immediatel­y forgive this brilliant, raving lunatic who is more of a cartoon, really, than a man. His choice to be the closing element of each fashion show proves that his ego was out of whack and he suffers from Delusions of Grandma. Do I believe he hates Jews while he is sober? Probably not. I’d like to think he is much too busy creating amazing collection­s. We all say stupid things while under the influence of whatever libations float your boat. And aren’t we all a little anti-somet­hing deep down in our hearts? The real issue here is, if he is walking around town wearing an Andrews Sister meets Russian Cossack hat, then surely he is out of his mind. http://bit.ly/80qgAH