(Alex Perry and Alannah Hill)
The fashion of the David Jones spring/summer launch last night. That was going to be the prepared topic of today's post, but in light of shocking comments made by designer Alannah Hill (above, right), I can't say I have too much to mention about the aesthetics of it all.
At last night's parade I'm more than positive everyone would have felt the presence of the "elephant in the room". That elephant being the current sexual harassment case filed by former David Jones employee Kristy Fraser-Kirk who is suing for $37 million in damages against ex CEO Mark McInnes. Kristy, it was announced yesterday, will use the money to set up a sexual harassment hotline for other employees of the department store.
On top of all this bad publicity for David Jones, designer Alannah Hill (who is carried by the retail giant) decided to give us all her valuable two-cents (can you sense my sarcasm?) by making ignorant, disgusting and disrespectful comments on the case during multiple interviews in the press pit.
She was quoted saying:
"I wish he'd have touched me up. I threw myself at him, threw myself at him! He told me he didn't want to mix business with pleasure."
"I would have gone back to that Bondi flat in a heartbeat. He could have bedded me but he chose the other one."
"I wouldn't be trying for $37 million, I would just be like, good."
"I wish I'd have been invited to the Bondi flat. I never got invited."
As far as damage control goes, Hill only further reveals really just how tasteless she is, even for a talented fashion designer. In a radio interview for FoxFM this morning she attempted to go about making an apology. In news papers and blogs, she was quoted diretly from the interview saying "[I feel] so bad, that I'm here with a priest. I'm here with a priest, I'm on my knees. I'm doing my confession." That's fantastic, Alannah, except how about next time you try it with a little more sincerity and conviction, and a little less and piss-take attitude. Your giggling kind of got in my way of actually believing you give a shit.
Ahh, Isn't context a bitch?
In a further bid to clean up her mess, Hill has agreed to hold a "sorry sale" (a suggestion by her ashamed and furious business partner) where half the proceeds made from the sale tomorrow will go to "some sort of women's shelter of sexual abuse (charity)," Hill said.
Can anyone else sense Hill's apathy? I mean, is it possible for this woman to care any less? Hill continues and talks about the other half of the "sorry" proceeds saying "I might pass them on to the nice girl with the hyphen in her name. I've forgotten her name." The nice girl of course being the woman she made such a joke out of only hours earlier.
I am personally infuriated. Not because I'm a victim of sexual harassment, or even know/know of victims, but for someone who is in the public eye to be so utterly careless and unapologetically egotistic is just plain insulting to a lover of fashion who admittedly looks up to these types of Australian designers. I certainly can't see myself walking into one of her boutiques any time soon...