John Galliano

John Galliano

Bill Gaytten has been made the new creative director of the John Galliano label.

Gaytten's expertise to innovate patterns, cut and drape are what define the DNA of the house.

The 51-year-old sartorialist - who worked with Galliano for 23 years - has replaced the fashion house's eponymous founding designer after he was fired earlier this year for alleged anti-Semetic remarks.

A statement said: "Gaytten's expertise to innovate patterns, cut and drape are what define the DNA of the house."

Bill - who impressed with his collection at the Menswear Fashion Week in Paris on Friday (24.06.11) - said of his official new role: "It's the same job for me; I've been doing it for a long time. The menswear show was a bit different because John wasn't there. I'm dying to know what he thinks!"

Last week, Galliano appeared in a Paris court, where he blamed his recent outbursts on his addiction to alcohol, sleeping tablets and valium.

His lawyer Aurelian Hamelle said: "One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill. He had a triple addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepine (valium) and sleeping pills."

The lawyer said Galliano - who is now back in rehab to receive treatment for his addictions - was mortified to see how he acted in the video and denies being anti-Semetic.

Five people were to give evidence in the trial, which ended yesterday, and the verdict is due on September 8.

If he is found guilty, he faces a huge fine and a six-month prison sentence.


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