Derek Warburton stands up to bullying, wears Galliano
Paris has blacklisted him. Major retailers like Saks Fifth Ave have pulled his clothes from their shelves. Karl Lagerfeld is “absolutely crazy” and “furious” over it.
John Galliano shocked the world when he was arrested for drunkenly assaulting a couple in Paris’ Marais district, the traditional home of the city’s Jewish community. That last little tidbit is the most important because what came out of Galliano’s mouth was a string of expletives sprinkled into a full-on anti-Jewish rant. Needless to say, the fashion community has pretty much turned their backs on Dior’s once treasured designer.
Leave it to our favorite VIP stylist to take something so horrendous, and turn it into something beautiful. Derek Warburton controversially wore a Swarovski encrusted Galliano tuxedo to the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 19. With the recent taboo of the designers anti-Semitic remarks, it was definitely a risky choice for the stylist to wear. Derek was asked by several media outlets on the red carpet why he chose to wear Galliano. Derek simply replied ‘If we love and embrace the bully, they would not be a bully and say nasty things.”
Derek has been working with anti-bully campaigns recently, and this issue is very close to his heart. By having the cajones to wear Galliano, Derek brought attention to the fact that we are still in a world where people are criticized and bullied, and it is not okay.