A week in review: John Galliano, product placement in music videos and Park Street

Friday February 25th was a day that was suppose to be headlined by the Moschino, Etro and Versace shows at Milan Fashion Week. Instead the fashion folk from the front row to those sitting in their office or on their couches were talking about how John Galliano allegedly attacked and insulted Geraldine Bloch. According to The Mirror, the Christian Dior designer assaulted the 35-year-old woman by grabbing her hair and uttered anti-Semitic and racist slurs.

Almost immediately after the news broke on WWD, Dior issued a statement to say Galliano had been suspended as the brand’s courtier because of their zero tolerance policy regardly racism and anti-Semitism. The statement also said the suspension would remain in force until the results of a police investigation. In the latest developments it has been revealed that Galliano has filed a defamation claim against the woman and her companion. And all this came a day after it was revealed that he would help Kate Moss design her wedding dress.

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Meanwhile, earlier this week Britney Spears came under attack for her very obvious product placement in her Hold It Against Me video. But as it turns out, she’s not the first. Jezebel have a full list of some other pop tarts who have been-there, done-that.

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And finally, we all loved the Devil Wears Prada, with Grace Coddington stealing the show in The September Issue, and we find Gossip Girl‘s foray into W magazine is amusing. But apparently Australian’s don’t find a reality TV show filmed inside ACP Magazines, the biggest publishing house in the country, all that interesting. Entitled Park Street (after the street the head office sits on), it follows editors from Cosmopolitan, Madison (like Marie Claire), Cleo (like a younger Cosmo), Shop Til You Drop (like Lucky) and Dolly (like Cosmo Girl) as they go around their day job, which of course entails cover problems, mingling at events and of course general craziness that goes into making a magazine.

While filming, we spoke to a lot of the girls in the industry were grumbling about how drama would be created out of nothing because working in magazines in Australia just isn’t that reality-tv-worthy. Well apparently viewers didn’t think so, with a measly estimated 6,289 metropolitan viewers tuning in to watch it. Then it was announced that Arena were moving the show to a Monday night screening time slot starting this coming Monday. We haven’t seen it – we don’t have pay TV – but the ad for it seems pretty funny.

Did you watch it? What do you think?

1 Comment

  • Aleya Bamdad says:

    I really hope the story about John Galliano isn’t true. He’s truly talented at his craft and it would be a shame if it is.

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