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Paris Fashion Week meltdowns at Dior and Balmain

The John Galliano controversy has affected two labels, but wasn’t the only drama during Fashion Week in Paris.

Dior fashion house employees acknowledge applause at the end of the Fall-Winter 2012 ready to wear collection today.
Dior fashion house employees acknowledge applause at the end of the Fall-Winter 2012 ready to wear collection today.
Image: AP Photo/Jacques Brinon

PARIS FASHION WEEK hasn’t been going according to plan for at least three labels.

John Galliano’s fashion line has cancelled its plans for a runway show at Paris Fashion Week today in the wake of controversy about the designer’s alleged recent anti-Semitic remarks.

A spokesperson for the label said that instead of a catwalk show – which is a high-profile event – it will instead hold a presentation with a smaller number of guests.

The guestlist and the location for the presentation have not been decided yet, the spokesperson said.

Galliano was fired by French fashion house Christian Dior earlier this week after a video was posted online showing Galliano saying he loved Hitler. That video came shortly after allegations Galliano accosted a couple at a Parisian cafe using anti-Semitic slogans.

French prosecutors have said the designer will be put on trial over the claims.

Dior continued with its Fashion Week plans, but put the attelier workers on stage at the point the creative designer – Galliano – traditionally appears on stage.

However, the Galliano controversy hasn’t been the only drama of Paris Fashion Week.

Balmain creative director Christophe Decarnin failed to appear at his own show yesterday. Decarnin’s absense has sparked speculation he suffered a drug-fuelled breakdown, according to the Daily Beast .

The Wall Street Journal reports that Balmain says Decarnin is exhausted and resting.

- Includes reporting from the AP

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