After 14 years at the creative helm of Christian Dior, John Galliano was dismissed for making anti-Semitic statements at a bar in Paris in 2011. In one report, an inebriated Galliano was upset at a couple who had called him ugly. According to a witness, Galliano replied to the woman: “You’re ugly, and your bag is ugly, too.” Galliano was fined $8,500 for his actions. No word on whether the woman was fined for criminal accessorizing.
LOOK MA’AM, NO PANTS!
Vivienne Westwood picked up her O.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 1992 wearing no knickers.
Dewi Sukarno, the fiery social butterfly and former first lady of Indonesia, stunned guests in 1991, including Elle Macpherson and Ivana Trump, at a party in Aspen when she cut the face of her rival Minnie Osmeña (above), a granddaughter of a former Philippine president, with a wine glass. Reports differ as to who called whom a whore first, but Osmeña’s injuries required 37 stitches and landed Sukarno in jail for 34 days. No parts contrite, Sukarno famously later told The New York Times, in a Nixon-worthy locution, “In any party a glass can break.”
THROW THE BAG AT HER
Domestic goddess Martha Stewart (above) arrived at court to begin her 2004 trial on insider-trading charges carrying an Hermès Birkin bag. Stewart was found guilty in the court of public opinion and later in the hallowed halls of justice.
JACK OF ALL TRADES
Dov Charney, the recidivist American Apparel founder, anti-sweatshop activist, and purveyor of Brooklyn fashion clichés, masturbated in front of a magazine reporter in 2004.
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
For all her misadventures, Lindsay Lohan (above, right) was never attacked more virulently by the media than when she was appointed creative adviser to the once venerable house of Ungaro in 2009. Working with Estrella Arch, the designer charged with enabling her carnal vision, Lohan took credit for an eyesore of a collection, complete with heart-shaped pasties, which received the sort of reviews not seen since Herbie Fully Loaded.
Sarah Palin’s “hockey mom” image was sullied in 2008 when the Republican National Committee spent $75,062 at Neiman Marcus and $49,425 at Saks Fifth Avenue primping her for the Republican National Convention (above). And she still managed to look like she worked in human resources!