While I’m a lover of all that is Lanvin, this quote really, really annoyed me.
“For me, all women around the world are alike. They all like a red dress, they all like a bit of chocolate before bed, they all cry at the same things. I don’t see there is a difference, in the end, between an Asian woman and an American woman.”
It is one thing that so many gay men seem to dictate what women wear, but it is another when they generalize us and presume we all snivel at the same things. I’m not offended by the generalization about the red dress (they ARE great) and the chocolate (yum) but saying that we “all crying about the same things” is highly offensive. That’s like suggesting all men are attracted to women with big asses or that every young girl likes Barbies. It is a highly derogatory generalization. Finally, I’d like to point out that very few things make me cry, in fact, I think the last time I cried properly was when I saw The Wrestler. Is this one of the “things” that Elbaz thinks we cry about?
And yeah, I am not going to even start on the comment about American and Asian women. I’d be offended by it if I was American or Asian. You’d have thought, given his style, he’d be embracing the differences rather than making us all out to be the same.
Sigh. Why can’t designers keep their mouths shut. (Except Roberto Cavalli. He is ridiculous-hilarious.)