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The Saturday Night Live comedian used his duties as host of the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards this week in New York to take aim at John Galliano, the French designer whose anti-Semitic remarks have landed him in trouble in the past, and the industry as a whole.
Meyers proved unafraid to make jokes unpopular with the crowd, beginning his opening monologue by suggesting the fashion industry takes itself too seriously. He joked that a fashion awards show was a comedian’s dream, because the industry is full of “laid-back people who love to laugh at themselves.”
“You could even say that fashion and comedy go together like Bar Mitzvahs and Galliano,” Meyers said, to which there was mostly silence and a few awkward laughs.
Meyers continued that with that joke he took a risk that perhaps he shouldn’t have, and then made another jab at Galliano.
“That joke went so badly I’m going to get fired from Dior,” Meyers said
Galliano was fired from Doir in March 2011, after video surfaced of him praising Adolf Hitler. That wasn’t the end of his troubles. In September of that year he was fined $8,415 over an incident in which he was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks against at least three people at a Parisian café.
The CFDA awards honored Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen with the Womenswear Designer of the Year and crowned Johnny Depp fashion icon of the year.
Here is a sampling of Meyers’ other jokes from the show, which was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the fashion council:
Meyers hit the famously tan Valentino Garavani, saying the fashion color of the season “tangerine orange,” which means “Valentino’s skin is way ahead of the curve.”
On Brad Pitt being the new face of Chanel, Meyers said he’s “not sure he’s the guy you look at and think, ‘I bet he smells great. Who doesn’t want the musk of a man who carries five children around all day at the Beverly Center?’”
Making fun of designer Marc Jacobs for wearing a dress to the Met Gala last month, he asked “guys, who wore it better: Marc Jacobs, or the window at an Italian funeral home?” Meyers later appeared onstage wearing a similar outfit.
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