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John Galliano wins round in court against Dior

FASHION NEWS

February 05, 2013|By Susan Denley
  • Fashion designer John Galliano strikes a pose.
Fashion designer John Galliano strikes a pose. (Maya Vidon /EPA )

John Galliano, fired as creative director at Christian Dior in 2011 after his racist bar rants came to light, on Monday won a round in court in his unlawful-dismissal lawsuit against Dior and his namesake John Galliano label. A French court ruled that it is qualified to hear the case. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

For Galliano, there's a lot of money riding on this, according to court documents, which show he was paid a fixed annual salary of $1 million euros (about $1.3 million) by Christian Dior Couture, plus a percentage of sales as well as clothing and grooming allowances. At John Galliano, his annual salary was 2 million euros (about $2.6 million) plus a clothing budget. [Styleite]

For Dior, the parting with Galliano may not have been so bad. Reports show that its haute couture sales rose 24% since Raf Simons took over as creative director last April. [Telegraph]

Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. clothing label has partnered with snowboarding outfitter Burton on a 10-piece collection of wildly patterned, street-style outerwear that's to be available for fall 2013. [WWD]

J Brand, J. Crew, G Star and several other casual brands plan to show their fall collections at New York Fashion Week, which is set to start later this week. [The Cut]

Christopher Burch has sold a 10% stake in his C. Wonder retail enterprise to investment giant Fidelity for a reported $35 million. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley reportedly is in a deal to develop a late-night television talk show -- in the style of the sophisticated Dick Cavett, not today's rulers of the genre. [WWD]

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