Donna Karan emerged for the first time since having to apologize for comments she gave to DailyMail.com defending Harvey Weinstein from allegations of sexual harassment.
Karan was seen on Wednesday heading to her New York offices wearing plenty of dark, draped fabric after comments she made to reporters about women asking for ‘trouble’ with how they are dressing in responding to questions on October 8 about Weinstein’s then just burgeoning sexual assault scandal.
The fashion designer has been off the radar since a second apology was made October 15, to the Hollywood Reporter after calls for a boycott to her brands went viral.
Donna Karen stepped out Wednesday for the first time in two weeks draped in plenty of fabric after making comments defending Harvey Weinstein amid his just burgeoning sexual harassment scandal by saying the way women dress they are asking for ‘trouble’
Karan and Weinstein are pictured together in 2007. Karan said in her second apology: ‘There is no question that women should wear what they want, when they want and without fear of being harassed, molested or abused. I am sorry for saying something I did not mean’
‘Those words do not represent who I am, what I believe or what I have represented throughout my career’ the fashion designer said in the statement.
‘There is no question that women should wear what they want, when they want and without fear of being harassed, molested or abused. I am sorry for saying something I did not mean,’ Karan, 69, continued.
‘What Harvey Weinstein did is unconscionable and unforgivable. I apologize for my comments that gave the impression that I feel any other way about any man who disrespects, harasses or abuses any woman.’
Her original comments to DailyMail.com the week before sparked outrage.
Karan was looking stressed as she emerged for the first time since inserting herself in the Weinstein scandal. She apologized twice for the comments she made to DailyMail.com
Weinstein is pictured standing and Karan is pictured sitting at right. Karan said in a red carpet interview with DailyMail.com last week: ‘It’s not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing, what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble’
‘I think he’s being looked at right now as a symbol, not necessarily as him. I know his wife, I think they’re wonderful people. Harvey has done some amazing things,’ she said on the red carpet for the CineFashion Film Awards in Los Angeles.
‘It’s not Harvey Weinstein. You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing, what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.’
She had first issued her apology with DailyMail.com, but it didn’t seem to enough to suffice to stop calls for boycotts of her former and current brands.
In a statement sent after midnight on October 10 to DailyMail.com, Karan claimed that her remarks had been ‘taken out of context’.
‘Last night, I was honored at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and while answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe,’ she said.
‘I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights.
‘My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein.
‘I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.’
Rose McGowan, the ‘Scream’ actress who reportedly sued Weinstein after Weinstein assaulted her in 1997, tweeted afterwards: ‘Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE.’
Rose McGowan, who reportedly sued Weinstein and reached a $100,000 settlement with him after he allegedly harassed her in 1997, called Karan a ‘DEPLORABLE’ for her remarks
McGowan, along with more than 30 other women, has publicly come forward about Weinstein’s actions
‘Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress.’
According to The New York Times report that initiated Weinstein’s downfall, McGowan sued the producer in the 1990s after he allegedly harassed her and settled the suit for $100,000.
The designer is no longer involved in managing the brands Donna Karan and DKNY, which she sold in 2001 to luxury group LVMH who in turn sold it last year to G-III Apparel Group.
Karan relinquished all roles she had within these groups in 2015 to focus on her luxury lifestyle brand Urban Zen.
The hashtag #BoycottDonnaKaran trended after DailyMail.com published video of her comments.
Donna Karan has apologized twice for comments she made about Harvey Weinstein (pictured)
‘Nothing worse than another woman betraying other women. Makes her complicit in revictimizing them,’ wrote one woman.
‘Women are not asking to be raped based on their clothing. #boycottdonnakaran I wore khakis w/long sleeve shirt when attacked by a stranger,’ wrote another.
The Washington Post reported on October 12 that shares of Donna Karan International, which she no longer owns, had fallen by nearly 10 percent following the comments.
‘General consensus is she just broke her brand,’ a market researcher told the Post.
More than 50 women have now come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the man once described as ‘God’ of the film industry.
At the CineFashion Film Awards, Karan received the Designer Icon Award in recognition of ‘her outstanding work as one of the most influential fashion designers in the world, as a versatile Innovator, and a pioneer designer in women’s wear and American fashion among other fashion and film icons.’
The event benefited the nonprofit Children Uniting Nations.
FULL TEXT OF DONNA KARAN’S APOLOGY
I am sorry for the comments I made last week. Those words do not represent who I am, what I believe or what I have represented throughout my career.
For over 40 years, I have been a woman for women — presenting women in sensual ways through my advertising and runway shows. There is no question that women should wear what they want, when they want and without fear of being harassed, molested or abused. I am sorry for saying something I did not mean and I hope my track record proves who I am and that the words I mistakenly uttered last week do not represent my actual views.
As a woman, mother, grandmother, designer and philanthropist, I have always put women first. My mission in life is, and always has been, to dress and address women, empowering and enabling them to express their professionalism, passion and sensuality.
To the women who have shared their personal stories of sexual harassment and to those who have been abused and have not yet told tell their story, I stand by you…as your friend, your sister and your supporter. You are courageous. Beautiful. And I admire you.
What Harvey Weinstein did is unconscionable and unforgivable. I apologize for my comments that gave the impression that I feel any other way about any man who disrespects, harasses or abuses any woman.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter