Thursday, July 3, 2008

If I were...


Today's blog is as non-fashion as it gets. Not that there isn't enough to write about. Alessandra Facchinetti's debut collection for Valentino, why Rouland Mouret is showing during couture week (why is he?), and how curious it is to hear of Monique Lhuillier attending shows in Paris (perhaps she's good friends with the couturiers?).

No, today I'm writing about Ingrid Betancourt. No doubt by now you've heard her name. She was rescued yesterday after being held captive for 6 years. According to foreign press reports, her rescue goes something like this.

Some months ago, the leaders of the Marxist guerillas who were holding her hostage had been captured and/or killed. A laptop was intercepted which may have helped the Columbian government learn that the guerillas were planning to move prisoners to the south. When helicopters arrived to execute this move, they were operated instead by the Columbian military, which safely transported the prisoners and disarmed the accompanying guerillas. Not a single shot fired.

Betancourt is a dual Columbian-French national. If I were Galliano, Lagerfeld, Lacroix, heck, even an exec at Kookai, (instead of the one-woman design company that I am) I would offer to dress Betancourt in all her public appearances for her natural God-given days. I mean, the woman was imprisoned for 6 years in the jungles of Columbia. She deserves as much, and much much more.

3 comments:

Perry Ellis Fan said...

Talk about torture...

Maybe a slightly strange comparison, both Betancourt and Facchinetti have a regal look about them.

Tbone said...

I think you should still offer to dress her, one woman design company or not!

Perry Ellis Fan said...

Bourdain's No Reservations did a nice piece on Columbia and in his blog at the Travel Channel mentions Betancourt....