Before today's Christian Dior show in Paris, chief executive Sidney Toledano took to the runway and said re: the John Galliano fiasco: "It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be. What happened last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal for us all. So now, more than ever, we must publicly re-commit to the values of the House of Dior." [WWD]

Cathy Horyn reports that at the end of the show, "after the finale parade of models, the lights remained dimmed for a few moments, when in the past Mr. Galliano made his dramatic entrance" and that "It was moving, a simple and sincere gesture, as the white-coated members of the Dior ateliers came out together from the backstage and stood together. The audience went to its feet." [NYT]

Meanwhile, Elle's Joe Zee spotted someone outside the show with a sign that read "The King is gone."

Riccardo Tisci, Haider Ackerman and Hedi Slimane are said to be the three front-runners in line to take over Galliano's vacated post. [Styleite]

Speaking of Givenchy designer Tisci, he has collaborated with Visionaire on its 60th issue, the theme of which is religion. [Style File]

Designer Richard Chai helped set up the racks and unpack boxes at his first ever sample sale at the SoHo Grand. Duds are 70 to 90 percent off, and it runs through Sunday. [Racked]

Maybe it's because we've been deeply engrossed in spinster novelist Barbara Pym's masterpiece Excellent Women, but this round-up of stylish yet sensible shoes really speaks to us right now. [Refinery 29]

At yesterday's Manish Arora show in Paris, a magician performed several tricks on the runway. Here's a pic of model Charlotte Free in a box. [The Cut]

Model Lydia Hearst is suing Gotham magazine for using her image without her consent as well as fabricated interview responses in an advertorial for Xante alcohol. [Coco Perez]