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Video: Dior axes Galliano in wake of anti-Semitic rant

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    >> christian dior says the firing of john galliano after an online video supporting claims that he made antisemitic remarks sent shock waves through fashion week in paris . anne thompson is there. good morning to you.

    >> reporter: good morning, matt. it's all anyone is talking about here in paris . john galliano has dressed some of the most glamorous women in the world and his work has been honored by the french president and britain's queen elizabeth . this morning he's out of christian dior , the victim of his own appalling behavior.

    >> reporter: john galliano 's designs are staples on the carpet. nicole kidman and sharon stone both in dior on the market. his style made him a bold-faced name in fashion. but it's his outrageous words caught on tape and posted by a british newspaper that were too much for the house of dior .

    >> i love hitler. people like you would be dead.

    >> reporter: on tuesday christian dior started firing procedures against its chief designer calling the remarks deeply offensive and in contradiction to the core values of the fashion house . the taped remarks made last december mirror an incident last week that led to the arrest in paris , accused of making antisemitic remarks to a couple in a cafe. this woman was an eyewitness.

    >> john galliano kept insulting this man's girlfriend. and so this man got annoyed and decided to be threatening towards galliano .

    >> reporter: galliano denies wrongdoing, but this tape of as previous event appears to do serious damage to his credibility.

    >> your mothers, your forefathers would be [ bleep ] gassed and [ bleep ] dead.

    >> reporter: in the world of fashion, galliano is a legend. his client list, a plus. from the late princess diana to actress charlize thereon but one fan turned on him -- natalie portman , sunday's best actress winner and the public face of dior . after the video appeared this week, portman, who is jewish, said she was shocked and disgusted and will not be associated with galliano in any way. in a business where image is everything, fashionistas wonder if he can survive it.

    >> it will be difficult for him to get back into the industry unless he goes into rehab and the video is completely forgotten.

    >> reporter: interestingly, none of the women to whom galliano made the remarks is jewish. still, making antisemitic remarks is a crime in france. if he's charged and convicted, he could get six months in prison.

    >> anne, thank you very much.

Photos: Best of Fashion Week Fall 2011

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  1. New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

    The biggest designers in fashion reveal their fall collections at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Take a look at the most interesting trends and fun styles from the top shows.

    Celebrity-favorite Marchesa sent models down the runway in theatrical gowns that were heavy on lace, tulle and volume. Inspired by the character of Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ "Great Expectations" – a British spinster who refused to wear anything but a decaying wedding gown – Marchesa’s floor-length dresses featured intricate embroidery, ruffles and sheer elegance. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Anna Sui

    It was all fun, pop colors and psychedelic prints at the Anna Sui Fall 2011 collection. Models displayed girly baby doll dresses, jumpers and schoolgirl knee-high socks. Layering was dominant as was fur in coats, hats and capes. (AP, Reuters, Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Adrienne Vittadini

    Adrienne Vittadini featured a clean and comfortable ethic for fall. For day, loose knits in neutral shades were prevalent, paired with stretchy trousers or leather leggings. For night, Vittadini relied less on what's trendy or avant-garde, and more on designs that highlight women's natural curves. Her princess seaming, modest hemlines and scoop necks are perfect for any woman channeling her inner Grace Kelly. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Kevork Kiledjian

    Kevork Kiledjian featured sexy, bold leather styles, paired with fringes and sheer shirts — a wardrobe Catwoman would meow for. In a New York Times interview, the designer said he intended his collection to be "a harmony of opposites, such as mixing leather and lace, and playing with lengths." (firstVIEW) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Badgley Mischka

    The designer duo showed the audience a return to restrained glamour, with a dress-heavy collection that relied on color and texture to set the mood. Dolman sleeves were prevalent, as was sheer detailing (a trend that's sticking around for another season). The couture dresses were spectacular and featured fringe, cascading ruffles, sequins and satin bows to great success. (Wireimage) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Thakoon

    While gray was big on the runway for Fashion Week Fall 2011, Thakoon — one of Michelle Obama's favorite designers — featured bright plaid and festive tribal prints. (Chris Moore / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Ann Yee

    A model wears a bold, rich creation from the Ann Yee presentation on Feb. 10, 2011. The designer sought to incorporate "the dark reflections of emotion" for her latest collection, taking inspiration from John Keats' poem, "When I Have Fears." (Keith Lew) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Victoria Beckham

    Models walk the runway during the Victoria Beckham Fall 2011 presentation. The former Spice Girl featured flowy gowns in strong colors, including bright yellow and red, and knee-length styles in muted beige-like tones. (Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Rebecca Minkoff

    The Rebecca Minkoff Fall/Winter 2011 collection was infused with the trendy boho-meets-rocker vibe. Everything was either black or neutral, which served as a contrast to Minkoff's brightly colored shoes and handbags. (Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Jill Stuart

    The Jill Stuart Fall/Winter 2011 collection focused on winter hue staples, such as navy and camel, accented with bright colors like red and teal. Dresses featured owl and fox prints, gold embellishments and ladylike pleats. (Lucas Jackson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. BCBG Max Azria

    The BCBG Max Azria Fall 2011 collection highlighted soft, feminine style with models sashaying down the runway in long, layered and breezy silhouettes reminiscent of a glamorous ‘70s party. Silk-chiffon and crepe were popular, as were sheer turtlenecks and delicate pleats. (AFP - Getty Images (3),AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Vena Cava

    Glamorous glitter stole the show at the Vena Cava Fall 2011 runway presentation at New York Fashion Week. Models strut down the runway in ‘90s inspired cropped tops, cutout styles and flowy long skirts.

    Vena Cava designers Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock took their ode to the past one step further by distributing a ‘zine dedicated to the ‘90s, highlighting pop culture favorites such as “Saved by the Bell” and Calvin Klein ads. (Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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