Alexandra Shulman has admitted her scathing attack on Helena Christensen’s recent decision to wear a corset was not her “finest hour”.
The former British Vogue editor took an instant dislike to the outfit the 50-year-old model wore to Gigi Hadid’s denim-themed 24th birthday party in April – a pair of wide-legged jeans, black lace bustier and gold sandals.
Calling the look “tacky”, she went on to suggest that older women should stop dressing in clothes they wore in their younger years.
Helena’s fashion contemporaries, including Naomi Campbell, Karen Elson and Linda Evangelista, and Alexandra’s Vogue replacement Edward Enninful, all leapt to the Danish star’s defence, and the British journalist has finally broken her silence on the matter.
“I think that it certainly wasn’t my finest hour,” she began in a chat on The Telegraph’s Fashion Unzipped podcast. “I’m very pleased that Helena behaved extremely graciously about it. I also think that it is important that you can have an opinion, whether people disagree with it or not – and if you’re going do that then it might be uncomfortable, but you’ve got to take the heat, haven’t you?’
“In other art forms, it’s accepted that you review completely impartially, whether you think an exhibition’s good, a play’s good, a film’s good. In fashion, the idea is that your criticism would be to ignore, but not to actually review and put your point of view.”
In the wake of the comments, which appeared in an article Alexandra penned for The Daily Mail, Helena donned the bustier for a second time, sharing a photo on Instagram of the repeated look and writing: “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hardworking, talented, nurturing women out there #ooopssheworeabustieragain.”
She also told fans she’d received “flowers and an apology”, though didn’t elaborate who from.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Alexandra continued: “I think it’s an interesting question, how commentary is not really a part of the fashion business. And maybe sometimes because I am a journalist at heart and now, I don’t have any particular allegiances, my kind of knee-jerk like of commentary overturns my… I wouldn’t say good sense, but the point about Helena is that she’s wonderful, and I think I was kind of wrong to make a negative point about how she looked in a bustier. And what people minded was that I attached that to the idea of age.”
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