Hervé Léger Exec Fired Over Rude Lesbian Comments
If there is one lesson to be learned this week, it’s that you do not fuck with curvy committed lesbians. It’s something that Patrick Couderc, UK managing director of French couturier Hervé Léger, had to learn the hard way after he let a metric ton of disparaging and offensive comments spew out of his mouth on Sunday during an interview with the Daily Mail. The Internet backlash was swift and ruthless as bloggers took to Twitter to voice their frustration and, within days, had the fashion brand cutting ties with Couderc, stating that he "is no longer associated with the company."
Among the most incendiary of his comments, he explained that "voluptuous" women and women with "very prominent hips and a very flat chest" should not wear the iconic bandage style dresses that the design house is famous for. He wasn’t content with pissing off curvy women and went on rants about lesbians and older women because if the room is burning down, you might as well throw some lighter fluid on the walls and go out in a blaze of embarrassingly offensive glory.
After giving the Internet the strange term “committed lesbians,” he went on to say these women should steer clear because they don’t like tight clothing and prefer to be "butch and leisurely.” The jury is still out on whether activewear-sporting lesbians with commitment issues are allowed to wear the clothes but the odds are looking good now that he’s been banished from the brand.
As Couderc cleans out his desk and packs up the tattered remains of his reputation, he joins the ranks of John Galliano, Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, Jean Touitou, and many other fashion designers who have voiced controversial opinions and subsequently felt the Internet’s wrath over them. As the industry moves towards a more gender-neutral and transgender-friendly future, fashion houses and designers who make disparaging comments like Couderc will continue to face backlash. In 2015 and beyond, inclusivity is the most fashionable trend in the industry—designers take note.
Photos by Boe Marion and Philip Ide.