John Galliano's controversial outfit enrages New York's Jewish community
Here we are again. It seems that John Galliano can't help himself when it comes to keeping a low profile, no matter how hard he tries. And once again, the controversial designer has ended up in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
Galliano was spotted yesterday in New York wearing a provocative outfit, which very much resembled the typical Hasid's fashion. Nothing to say if it was anyone else, but considering his background as an outspoken Hitler admirer and his anti-Semitic comments, that wasn't the cleverest choice.
The disgraced designer was papped outside a friend's apartment in Manhattan, while going to New York Fashion Week to support his mate and mentor Oscar de la Renta. The arguable assemble worn consisted of a long jacket, tall hat and short trousers with visible socks, but the piece de resistance was certainly the 'peyos' or sidelocks.
John Galliano is for sure a brilliant designer and his well known off-the-wall sense of fashion is what has brought him to world-wide fame. But for a person who is trying to redeem himself from serious racist allegations in order to get back to what he does best, that wasn't a wise move.
Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who spent his life battling discrimination, anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial, said: “Who is he mocking? The way the socks look, the jacket, the peyos . . . My question is, who’s he laughing at?” Williamsburg community leader Isaac Abraham added: “He’s trying to embarrass people in the Jewish community and make money on clothes [while] dressed like people he has insulted, It looks like the hairstyle he added was done purposely to insult.”
Not everyone found Galliano's outfit distasteful, an Anti-Defamation League spokesman, who the designer worked closely with after the incident, stated: "Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets, or an ascot tie. This is John Galliano being John Galliano." Also Steve Kolb, Council of Fashion Designers of America CEO, tweeted: "That is John's hair and how he dresses and certainly not a mockery of others."
Let's hope the British talent will make better choices from now on, as we missed his art, his fashion, his eccentricity. Certainly if he keeps engaging in such risky behaviour his stay in New York won't really be pleasant!