Being in the fashion industry automatically puts you in the spotlight, and by default, being a designer puts you right at the forefront. Designers have to be careful what they say and do… more so now than ever. (News travels faster than the speed of light!) In a stressful environment, it can be difficult to control one’s temper – however, there is a time and a place for everything. The world would agree: these 3 big name fashion designers could have used a little more tact.
John Paul Gaultier: Amy Winehouse Tribute Uproar
Within the last year, Gaultier gained an “enfant terrible” name due to his label’s gender bending, deconstructed, and risqué collaboration. He is known in the industry as the “master tailor”, as he specialized in tuxes, trenches and leather. His collections almost always incorporate an equestrian, military, and royal theme. John Paul Gaultier is also now the head designer for Hermes.
During Paris Fashion Week, where he showed his Spring 2012 Couture collection, Gaultier wanted to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse. Gaultier stated that Winehouse “was an icon of fashion,” and that he wanted to pay tribute to her memory.
The collection included the Amy Winehouse signature beehive hair, heavy black eyeliner and an occasional cigarette – all while her memorable music played in the background. While some may have considered this to be quite the tribute, Winehouse’s parents did not agree. Amy Winehouse’s father was extremely upset to see the pictures from the show. At the time he was still mourning the loss of his daughter, and he felt that is was not portraying the right time of her life.
On the blunder scale (1-10, 10 the biggest blunder), we rate this media mix-up a 2. The collection was a tribute to Amy! Her parents might be a little sensitive…
John Galliano: Anti-Semitic Rant
Working as the head designer for Christian Dior for over a decade is one way to get attention, but John Galliano used a different approach. He is known for having a wild and creative persona, which led to the creation of his fantasy runway shows. Galliano liked to mix different eras in time, but always showed high-end fashion.
While in Paris, John Galliano was overheard making anti-Semitic slurs at a bar. The designer was given a suspended fine of $8,400 but ended up facing a criminal record.
Galliano was fired immediately from Dior based on his arrest. He managed to escape a prison sentence after he apologized and admitted he had a drug and alcohol problem. Even though he didn’t show up for his court date, Galliano was found guilty of making public insults based on origin, religion, and ethnicity. John Galliano was required to pay over $23,000 in legal fees.
On the blunder scale (1-10, 10 the biggest blunder), we rate this media mix-up a 10. Rule of thumb: politics and religion are big no-no’s in the world of media. If asked a question pertaining to either – plead the 5th!
Karl Lagerfeld Calls Adele Fat
This case didn’t make it to court, but still should be taken extremely seriously. Karl Lagerfeld has been known for speaking his mind about weight within the fashion industry.
Being the lead designer for Chanel sure sets the bar high with working for Fendi and Chloe under your belt. Lagerfeld is known for creating ultra feminine pieces and coats. He decided to launch Lagerfeld Gallery, which was later named Karl Lagerfeld. These pieces were later sold by retailers such as H & M and Macy’s.
Recently, Karl Lagerfeld issued a statement to Metro Magazine about Adele’s weight that caused a bit of chaos in the tabloids. Lagerfeld stated,”The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice.”
After its release, Lagerfeld said that his comment was taken out of context and released a new statement.
“I’d like to say, Adele, that I am you biggest admirer. What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey and the sentence has since been taken out of context from how it was originally published. I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can’t wait for her next CD.”
Adele’s response was exactly like her music, beautiful and inspiring. “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the covers of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m proud of that.”
On the blunder scale (1-10, 10 the biggest blunder), we rate this media mix-up a 4. Karl acted like a gentleman and swiftly apologized.
What do you think of these cases, CK girls? Do designers have the right to speak their minds, or did these men take things too far? Sound off in the comments section below!