Dior CEO Sidney Toledano announced today that the fashion house was formally and immediately parting company with John Galliano in the wake of the release of a video featuring the chief designer in a drunken, anti-Semitic rant. This decision could be very expensive but it was the right thing to do. The Dior fashion show is scheduled for three days from now, and may not even take place. Of course, staying with him would have cost as well. Uttering anti-Semitic remarks is a crime under French law. Galliano has already been questioned by the police and may well be charged, tried, and convicted. Galliano’s remarks were particularly offensive to Dior’s new perfume spokesperson, Natalie Portman, who is herself Jewish.
Today’s expression, trop, c’est trop, (troh seh troh) literally means “too much is too much,” but we’d say “enough is enough.” “He was all about excesses but such extremes no longer really corresponded to today’s zeitgeist,” said Anne-Sophie von Claer, the artistic director of Elle magazine. Galliano has passed the bounds of acceptable conduct and Dior has taken the only step possible to save its reputation as a purveyor of goods that represent the finest quality.