Monday, September 07, 2015

218.5 - Clown Award: Patrick Couderc

Clown Award: Patrick Couderc

Next up, one of our regular features, the Clown Award, given as always for meritorious stupidity.

Remember Mike Jeffries? He's the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, who got himself into hot water a couple of years ago when he was found saying that "In every school there are the cool kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. We go after the cool kids," that "A lot of people don’t belong in our clothes," and that he didn't want larger people shopping in his stores.

Well, it appears he has company. His name is Patrick Couderc, and he is the UK managing director of the fashion line known as Herve Leger. In a rather bizarre recent interview with the UK newspaper The Daily Mail, he spouted off a list of the types of women who he had decided shouldn't wear the line's signature bandage dress.

Patrick Couderc
His list included "voluptuous" women and women with "very prominent hips and a very flat chest," none of who, it seems, can offer the proper "silhouette."

Oh, and older women because they shouldn't be wearing youthful clothes.

Oh, and lesbians, because lesbians, or at least "committed" lesbians, whatever the hell that means, want to be, he said, "butch and leisurely."

I have got to think that fashion - not just the designers, most of who it seems do not know how to style for more than one body type and then blame women for not being all the same, but the whole clothing business right down to the retailers - I have got to think that this is the most sexist industry in the nation if not the world.

I suppose you could argue that point, but you can't argue this one: Patrick Couderc, who is now the former UK managing director, is a clown.

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