“Supermodel Karolina Kurkova stepped out onto Tribeca’s cobblestone streets in a gun-print dress [last Saturday] – an insensitive choice in the days after the failed assault weapon ban bill and a nation was still raw about both Newtown and Boston.” Don’t you just hate it when political correctness casts aspersions on a perfectly good babe? Anyway the New York Daily News quickly contacted the dress’ creator: Israeli-born designer Nili Lotan. “I view the print as empowering. It says ‘I’m a beautiful woman and I’m not afraid of confronting the reality of firearms in this world. I control guns they do not control me.’ The guns themselves also have a beauty and a power all their own . . . I was born in Israel where we use guns to protect ourselves, our families our Jewish existence. Anyone who criticizes [the dress] is revealing an irrational fear of inanimate objects and ignorance of self-protection.” Actually, I just made that up. Here’s what she said . . .
“It was against war and not anything to do with the personal use of guns,” she said.
“Would I ever do (a gun print) again? I’m not so sure, because today it would provoke the wrong impression.” Lotan added that if she ever chose to depict a gun on a garment in the future, she would do it in a way that “came up with a very strong statement against allowing guns.”
About the dress, which is no longer sold in her boutiques: “I don’t think anyone who wears it would wear it with the statement that guns are OK.”
Oy vey. My problem with the dress? It’s not sexy enough. Still I wouldn’t kick Kurkova out of bed for getting gun oil on the sheets, if you know what I mean.