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At the house of Galliano, the show went on. John Galliano's studio, led by long-time Galliano right-hand man Bill Gaytten, produced a louche but pretty collection that harkens to the Jazz Age of the '20s and '30s. The inspiration? American blues singer Bessie Smith, who was photographed in feminine dresses and jackets. Click the slideshow to see the line. What do you think about the company's decision to continue with the Galliano line while John Galliano stands trial for public insult? Let us know in the comments.
Paris Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday, and now that the last model has walked the last runway, we're taking a look at our absolute favorites in the eveningwear category. A highlight had to be Alexander McQueen, whose designer Sarah Burton modeled her Winter-white-clad models after the story of the Ice Queen. Or Chanel, where Karl Lagerfeld made the evening jumpsuit the main focus over traditional gowns. There were fun, flirty, short dresses too. We've rounded out the top 25 most stunning evening looks and put them all for you here. Click away.
After a video surfaced of an inebriated John Galliano making anti-Semitic remarks to neighbors at a Paris café, Christian Dior announced today that it had initiated proceedings to fire the designer, just over a week before the Christian Dior Fall 2011 show. According to WWD, Christian Dior released a memo condemning the statements made by Galliano, calling his behavior "odious."
Natalie Portman, who is currently the face of Parfums Christian Dior, said in a statement she was "deeply shocked and disgusted." Portman continued, "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." The French house plans to proceed with its show during Paris Fashion Week next Friday. This is shocking news, as John Galliano has been the designer for Christian Dior since 1996. What's your opinion on these latest events? Did Christian Dior do the right thing in firing John Galliano?
I turned to fern bar expert Martin Cate to answer why the Wallbanger's come back into the fray.
"People are still using the tiki era as inspiration for drinks, but now they're saying, 'What other eras can we draw from?'" he explained of the recent rumored fern bar revival. "People are looking for something fun and different to grab onto."
As for the original Harvey, it's good, but not great, says Cate. "It doesn't have enough acid, and it's awfully sweet. But there's flexibility with Galliano, and a little spice notes give it more pep." To bring the Wallbanger up to speed with today's complex cocktails, Martin shared with us his interpretation of what a modern-day drink at Henry Africa's could look like. His new and improved version, after the break.
"Harvey is essentially a lemonade, only with vodka," cocktail historian Martin Cate explained of the familiar-flavored drink. "People love orange juice, vanilla, the herbal quality."
Indeed, the Harvey has managed to top San Francisco menus in many incarnations: with bubbly, alongside brunch, and as a classic pitcher standard — just like in the 1970s when, Cate said, the drink "became a cultural phenomenon.
"They used to sell a party kit with cartoons dressed up named Harvey Wallbanger, and it gave you a recipe for how to make a giant punch bowl. The Wallbanger was a big deal."
To enjoy a blast from the past in your own home, you'll need Galliano, an anise-tinged Italian liqueur. Cate recommends using the brand's new formula, which has more alcohol and less vanilla sweetness, and he prefers to incorporate the liqueur rather than floating it. To achieve an authentic version of the seventies classic, read more.
Learn the easy punch recipe after the jump.
It's not: Galliano is actually named after an Italian hero, Giuseppe Galliano. The sweet liqueur has a complex vanilla-anise-citrus flavor and is most commonly used in a cocktail called Harvey Wallbanger.
However, Galliano can be used in many other cocktails, like this one, named for the town where it's made. An elegant combination of Galliano, sparkling apple juice, and Prosecco, it's a refreshing bubbly beverage. It makes a great start to the weekend, so get the recipe after the jump.
John Galliano will launch his latest collection—a menswear diffusion line called Galliano—in Milan on Monday during men's fashion week. The lineup features street-inspired layered separates like stonewashed denim under rolled shorts and plaid shirts under wooly sweater vests and trench coats. According to Galliano, "It is inspired by the attitude and anarchy of the London rock scene. It’s a very urban attitude. It is quirky, cool, streetwise." Don't be surprised if you spot the designer wearing most of the collection himself, "With menswear I have a rule," he says. If I won’t wear it, we won’t produce it."