Fashion Industry is about Business

Source: Hintmag, Feb 2011

“I do not belong to celebrity culture. If people only knew what actresses are paid to sit in the front row at the shows in Milan or Paris, they would want to kill somebody. If they only knew 10% of what’s going on, like brands that give bags away to young actresses and tell them to go in that restaurant on that day and leave the restaurant at 15 past 2:00, and hold the bag up for the paparazzi that will be there. This is a fact.”

“If you’re a young actress, it’s now expected that once you start making it you’ll receive a bag from Chanel. It’s become a rite of passage. And it works, it’s huge publicity for them. But at some point what’s sad about it is that the very famous Chanel bag 2.55—which I really love, my grandmother had one and my mother had one—is all over the place. I can’t look at them anymore.”

I hate fast-fashion chains. Those people are very gifted at doing massive things, but what I hate is they have no problem stealing intellectual property. And when they do it, they are very clever. They decide to knock you off, then they’ll trademark the design. If you have enough time and money you could sue, but even a small brand like mine could spend €300,000 a year in legal fees and only make some of it back. And you don’t want to exert so much bad energy.”

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