Fashion Designer, Donna Karan, Being Hypocritical as She Puts Her Foot in Her Mouth to Defend Harvey Weinstein

Hey lovelies! By now many of you have read about the alleged sexual misconduct of Harvey Weinstein over the years. I won't pretend as if this is the first or 20th time I've read rumors about this man and rape. Same as with Cosby, Weinstein is Hollywood's worst kept secret along with a few other power players names I have seen circulating around throughout the years. What made Weinstein a topic of interest on this blog is how his friend, iconic American fashion designer, Donna Karan, tried to take some of the heat away from Weinstein by being very hypocritical.

The Daily Mail Catches Karan on Video Making Her Comment

Karan, who is friends with Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman who is also a fashion designer -- half the team of the Marchesa brand -- tried to ease some of the blame away Weinstein when asked about the recent scandal. Karan suggested that women may be "asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and the sexuality."

She goes on to indicate that our children is being taught this as well by the way they dress at dances. She later tries to clean it up a bit, "I think we have to look at ourselves. Obviously, the treatment of women all over the world is something that has always had to be identified. Certainly, in the country of Haiti where I work, in Africa, in the developing, it's been a hard time for women."

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That last bit of clean up sounds a little off, but is a good way to try to steer the conversation away from the allegations against Weinstein.

Why I Find Karan's Words to be Very Hypocritical

Being a fashion designer, Karan's signature Donna Karan and her DKNY lines were sources of inspiration of American fashion. She is an American fashion icon, there is no denying this. A huge part of this is the sex appeal that she brought to office wear and to contemporary sportswear. Not to mention evening wear, which tends to be inherently sexy by default, in my opinion. However, Karan can't blame women for exposing their sensuality when she helped to teach them to do so.

Karan created office suits that featured thigh high slits. She featured models wearing suits with no shirt underneath. Suits with miniskirts instead of the more office appropriate one- to two-inches above the knee. Before anyone says that women should have known better. Truly not all know this. People often rely on the fashion designers to put together ensembles that are meant to be worn together and take for granted that is how they are supposed to dress for work.

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Not to mention that she also jumped on the lingerie as fashion ensemble bandwagon when it was a huge thing in the 90s and early 2000s. She continued to feature sexy, sensual designs baring skin in a peekaboo fashion or via layering lace and sheer nets.

While I Do Hold Karan as a Fashion Icon She Can Kick Rocks with Her Implied Statement

With this blogger, who also studied and earned a degree a fashion, I was there to see what Karan profited from for at least 30 years of my life. She made dressing sexy a new fashion norm. Her clothing was not trashy, women did not look like street walkers wearing those sexy things.

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However, Karan did help to bring sensuality to everyday dress and to the office. Karan helped to make dressing with a sensual flair the norm when conducting business. Donna Karan, you helped to set that standard of dress that "presented all the sensuality and the sexuality." So yeah, Donna Karan can kick rocks for criticizing something she helped make the norm and made herself rich from.

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