Fashion designer John Galliano made the controversial decision today of going ahead with showing his new 1930's nazi germany range at a fashion show in Milan tomorrow despite appearing in a french court to a face a charge of anti-semitic abuse.
The charges relate to two incidents that occured in October and January where Galliano was filmed hurling anti-semitic abuse at customers whilst sitting outside a French cafe. Although Galliano has since apologised "unreservedly" for these incidents putting it down to substance abuse, he showed little remorse today when he turned up for his pre-hearing wearing the central piece for his new range a full gestapo officers uniform with pink jack boots, yellow swastika's and an obscure off the shoulder garment with a giant iron cross emblazoned across it.
'The show must go on' quipped the accused designer whilst shamelessly smiling for the cameras ' people might say i'm not being very tactful about this but a man's got to earn a living you know. I'd also add that the possibilty of me being found guilty tomorrow could well boost the impact of my new theme and you can't buy that sort of publicity'.
The designer has been desperate to get back into work ever since he was sacked by fashion house Dior after footage emerged of a third incident, in which he was shown saying to two women in a cafe, "I love Hitler", and telling them that their parents could have been gassed by the Nazis.
'This is a case of turning one huge negative into a huge positive' continued Galliano ' if you going to have a go at me for opportunism then have a go at that Bin Laden character. The video shows he was knocking out before his death did wonders for encouraging beard growth and turban wearing amongst the extreme muslim population and he didn't like jews either'.