In the fashion world, as in show biz, the show must go on, and so it did at disgraced former Dior designer John Galliano's signature label - though in an admittedly scaled-back and truncated form, The Associated Press reports.
Dior fired Galliano last week amid allegations he made anti-Semitic comments, throwing into doubt the fate of the designer's eponymous brand, which is owned by Dior parent company LVMH Moet Hennessy.
For several days after the surprise sacking, it wasn't even clear the label's fall-winter 2011-12 ready-to-wear collection would be shown to the press and buyers at all. But finally company executives settled on holding a low-key presentation instead of the big-budget blockbuster runway shows that have become a trademark of the house.
Galliano, who has denied the charges and is rumored to be in rehab in Arizona, didn't attend yesterday's presentation.
The event, held in a town house in Paris' moneyed 16th District, showcased 19 looks - fewer than half of what would typically be shown on the catwalk. Models in full Galliano regalia paused in front of the photographers' pits to strike exaggerated poses.
The clothes, bias cut gowns in sheer chiffon and oversized outerwear, was old-school Galliano. Voluminous tweed jackets were paired with pencil skirts - some of them in pastel tinged latex - and flirty little pleated sundresses poked out from beneath fur-trimmed parkas.
Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano, who denounced Galliano's alleged comments in a strongly worded statement, was on-hand, glad-handing industry insiders. Though what his presence there meant for the company's uncertain future was far from clear.
Galliano's own future, too, is unclear. A Paris court has ordered the designer, 50, stand trial on charges of "public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" against three people.
The trial could take place between April and June and Galliano could face up to 6 months in prison and $31,000 in fines, if convicted.