John Galliano seems to smile again within the fashion world. No longer just for his collaboration with Oscar de la Renta but because the designer has won the first round of his lawsuit pending against Christian Dior in French labor court. At stake, his dismissal by the French house in March 2011 , a Galliano dismissal claims as unfounded and that the court has ruled in his favor in this first installment.
John Galliano's lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés claims that the anti-Semitic statements that earned the dismissal of his client and subsequent passage through the courts, where he was convicted , were the result of the many addictions which at that time Gibraltarian designer suffered.
From Dior, owned by LVMH With Jeantet Associés Jean Néret of a lawyer, seeking that the case be tried by the trade route, not through labor, since Galliano consider an independent contractor rather than an employee hired, a more common employee.
According Néret itself:
John Galliano was not a common employee. In fact, I would say more, he was not even an employee of Dior. The complexity of its various contracts is opposed to the image of a poor defenseless employee that the defense is trying to project.
The exclusivity provisions of Galliano for Dior are the defense argument to avoid Néret defense, besides argue that 91% of Christian Dior Haute Couture belonged to John Galliano, with several advantages going for it that would not an outside contractor.
At the end of this first part, Giraud-van Gaver declaring WWD "For now, we're winning."
The amount of the claim has not yet been released but it could be around 6 or $ 7.7 million. At trial also met the gross fixed salary in John Galliano, which amounted to one million euros from Christian Dior Haute Couture, who had to add $ 906,400 in variables, plus the wardrobe budget of 30,000 euros as well as other personal care 77.7000 dollars.
To this we must add its own brand: John Galliano, why perceived gross fixed salary of 2 million euros, plus a clothing budget of 70,000 euros. In addition, as a consultant to charge for signing Dior Couture and the signature perfume of that mark. Hence the complexity of the defense claims.
Right now the ball is in the court of Dior. The French firm has 15 days to appeal the sentence. If so the case will go to the court of appeals within seven to nine months.
Let's sit down, they just started one of the most notorious trials in fashion 2013.