The Shmooze

Natalie Portman Ruins Her Wedding in Dior Ad

By Anne Cohen

Natalie’s back!

The new ad for Dior fragrances stars our girl Natalie Portman in what is honestly the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen (drool). “It’s Miss, Actually,” directed by Anton Corbijn, shows Miss Dior on her wedding day. But here’s the twist: in what is every Jewish parent’s nightmare, she gets cold feet halfway down the aisle, dumps what we assume is a nice Jewish boy, and hitches a helicopter ride to Paris with her lover, all set to Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.”

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Natalie Portman Attends First Dior Couture Show

By Anne Cohen

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It may come as a surprise that Natalie Portman, face of Miss Dior, has never actually attended a Dior show.

And yet, sitting in the front row at yesterday’s Haute Couture show held at the Musee Rodin in Paris, she reportedly gushed: “I’ve never been to a couture show,” she said. “This is my first time. I’m super, super excited.”

Cute.

But as The New York Times points out, Portman’s attendance is actually somewhat significant. In 2011, when John Galliano – then Dior’s creative director – made his infamous anti-Semitic rant in a Paris cafe, the actress was one of the first to condemn him.

“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 face of the fashion house’s Miss Cherie Dior wrote at the time. “I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

Galliano’s replacement, Raf Simons, has apparently been working hard to redeem the brand. Natalie is still under contract.

The Oscar-winner celebrated her big day dressed head to toe in black Dior (natch), but her best accessory was hubby and new director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied.

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John Galliano Loses Dior Lawsuit For Unfair Dismissal

By JTA

The British fashion designer John Galliano lost his lawsuit against Christian Dior for unfair dismissal.

The decision by a Paris employment court was announced Tuesday.

Galliano, who was fired in March 2011 after being filmed making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar, was ordered to pay Dior one symbolic euro. He had sued for lost earnings of up to $16 million, claiming that the fashion house was aware of his alcohol and drug addictions before the incident.

In the video, Galliano stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He later blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

“It’s the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn’t mean it,” Galliano said in an interview with Vanity Fair in an article in the July 2013 issue.

A French court ruled in September 2011 that Galliano in several incidents had made “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.” He was sentenced to a suspended fine and no jail time.

Following the anti-Semitic tirade, actress Natalie Portman, who was serving as a spokeswoman for Dior, issued a statement condemning Galliano and said “I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

Last month, Galliano was hired as the creative director of the Paris-based fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.

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Natalie Portman’s Nude Shoot Benefits Charity

By Blair Thornburgh

Courtesy Dior

Needless to say, a naked Natalie Portman is naturally noteworthy. The 31-year-old newlywed has gone (tastefully) nude in a new campaign for Dior beauty (because what better way to promote a new line of lipcolor than by removing all sartorial surplus?).

The Israeli-born, Harvard-educated, and all-around awesome actress has been snapped in the buff before for Dior to hawk their Miss Cherie fragrance. But when (now former) Dior designer John Galliano hurled anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris bar early last year, Ms. Portman came out condemning him and quit the company, saying that “as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

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Attack of the 50-Foot Natalie Portman?

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Portman at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January

Natalie Portman is big everywhere in the world, including in Beirut, Lebanon, where she appears on a 50-foot billboard for Dior cosmetics. But not everyone is a fan.

Algemeiner reports that anti-Israeli Lebanese bloggers are complaining about the actress’s image in their capital city. “Since each contact or with an Israeli occupation in Lebanon is considered a crime, you do not think hanging a poster size of 15 meters with the Zionist Jerusalem is illegal?,” suggested one blogger. He was referring to Portman having been born in Jerusalem (as Natalie Hershlag) and to her public stance in defense of Israel and against anti-Semitism.

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John Galliano Ousted From Namesake Label

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

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John Galliano must be pretty sorry for his anti-semitic rant.

The British designer has been ousted as head designer of his namesake line, John Galliano. Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that the board of the label has met and decided to fire him. This comes about six weeks after Galliano got the boot from Christian Dior. Galliano’s label is 91 percent owned by Dior.

In February, a video in which Galliano said he “loved Hitler” took the Web by storm. In the video, the once-star designer is seen sitting in a Paris bar and telling someone, “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.” He has reportedly been receiving treatment in Los Angeles for substance abuse.

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