The NY Post reported that Ashley Dupre was invited to Tommy Hilfiger’s Fashion Week party at the Jane Hotel as a guest of Russell Simmons, but who was advised by Mr.Hilfiger, after consultation with his public relations representative Paul Wilmot, that Ashley was “not welcome” because her attendance would be inappropriate. Russell Simmons in a “bro’s before ho’s” diss then promptly disinvited Ms. Dupre. My initial reaction was to be disappointed in Russell Simmons, and wonder has he not learned anything about chivalry from watching the film Pretty Woman? In the film, when Richard Gere’s character, Richard Lewis becomes entangled and intriqued with a Hollywood Boulevard prostitute named Vivian Ward, played by Julia Roberts and contracts for her to escort him to Society functions, it is Lewis’s “Society” friends who smile politely but behind the scenes, his smarmy lawyer played by Jason Alexander treats her with contempt and disrespect, after Richard Lewis shares in confidence, that she is his professional escort. Upon learning of his lawyer’s transgressions, Lewis ultimately redeems himself in an act of chivalry towards Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts). Why? Because in the end we are all human beings, some more beautiful than others for sure as in the case of Ms. Roberts and Ms. Dupre. Yes, they are BOTH beautiful. My issue is more with those who have to keep placing the Scarlet Letter on women who do not meaure up to some ridiculous and outdated notion of social standing in terms of who and what is proper—- to attend a “fashion party” of all things. Apparently gay male escorts, transvestites and crossdressers are fine, just not a very beautiful former high end call girl. What gives? What is your agenda man? Cause its obvious to me that you have one. Or as tweeted by Russell Simmons that day, maybe you are just “a sneaky hurtful person.”
After reading the NY Post piece and then seeing it also referenced on The Huffington Post, I realized that something else was very likely afoot; a fashion house and its publicist were apparently trying to leverage some mainstream media coverage by “dissing the hooker” so to speak because after all Paul Wilmot Communications is a fine upstanding Fashion Public Relations house and Tommy Hilfiger, the All American street brand, cannot have any kind of riff raff at his Fashion Week party—-yes, a phucking fashion party! Give me a break. Oy vey as if this were dinner at the White House. Notably, Ashley Dupre recently agreed to walk the runway in The Green Shows as part of Eco Fashion Week at the fashion show of Bahar Shahpar, an original, highly creative soulful young eco designer. Why? Because she believed in the designer’s designs and her eco mission. And truth be told, I never heard of designer Yigal Azrouel until Ashley Dupre attended his fashion show last year. Oh, but it gets better.
Tommy Hilfiger is apparently the bigger ho, frankly. Many more accomplished in the art of fashion critique than I have inferred that his “fashion designs” were lifted from other designers and his brand based is of questionable if not outright faux originality. Guess that is why he has been called a lowbrow copycat and mass-market hack. On a personal level, I cannot speak to or for the character of Mr.Hilfiger. Like most society folks, he seems to be an upstanding personable citizen, but he is also a business man. Hence it would seem to me that Ashley Dupre’s invitation and disinvitation was used a prop by a faux designer and an elitist publicity house to land his forgotten brand some juice in the mainstream press during Fashion Week. So you say, this is hitting below the belt? Is it not also then hitting below the belt to stigmatize a woman for having at one time engaged in consensual contractual sexual liasons with members of New York social and political aristocracy? If that is the case, then you may need to arrest some women on Park Avenue. Let’s be clear, Ms. Dupre is an even more upscale character than the one played by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Unlike certain so called “society publicists” who often charge you way too much for who knows what, you had to be connected and affluent to spend time in Ms. Dupre’s company. And from what I can see, nobody wanted a refund from Ashley Dupre. Not sure if every publicist has that kind of track record. Maybe Mr. Wilmot can provide some color on that subject?
Take it a step further, and you might see Tommy Hilfiger as basically Garanimals guised as an upscale brand for those who do not know any better. The only reason why anyone is even talking about Tommy Hilfiger today is because of Ashley Dupre. Paul Wilmot Communications should tell Tommy to make out two checks this month, one for his agency and another for Ashley Dupre. Upstanding snots in society need to stop looking down your nose at this girl, or pimping her name to promote themselves and their elitist agenda. And if I were Russell, I would have blown Tommy off for telling me who I can and cannot bring to an event. Besides which, how do you think this story lands in the press anyhow? The PR Firm talks to the NY Post about how they absolutely could not let Ashley Dupre into what? A “phucking fashion party” for a garanimals designer? Gimme a break. Despite your rather lame and superficial efforts to stigmatize this girl to promote your brand, truth is that more folks would rather sit down for a drink with Ashley Dupre than Tommy Hilfiger, although I am sure that certain ladies of society would like Paul Wilmot to “walk them.” (See The Last Walk by Jesse Green) But then again, for all we know, this entire scenario of You, Me & Dupree was staged to get folks talking about folks and brands we might not otherwise be talking about: Hilfiger, Wilmot and Ashley Dupre. Even if that is the case, let’s be clear then, the first two mentioned are the bigger whores for using Dupre to promote themselves. Were she complicit then she would simply working in service of society pimps and deserves a check for allowing them to use her name.