At first glance, Iris, daughter of Jude Law and Sadie Frost, 12, looked like the poster child for age-appropriate fashion while attending the Vivienne Westwood fashion show in London this week. Complete with a Peter Pan collar and small pastel hearts scattered about the white, short-sleeved frock, it appeared to be a nice contrast to the too-old-and-too-sexy-too-early garb to which we often see tweens flock. Only once you looked more closely, it wasn't quite so innocent.
You see, all those cute little candy hearts were filled with sayings that were anything but sweet. Instead the sayings included things like: “Blow Me,” “Drink Poison,” “Choke,” “Eat Shit,” and “Please Drown." Personally, I think it's kind of hilarious, but plenty of people were up in arms about Sadie letting the little lady wear the dress. So she took to Twitter to offer an explanation/apology.
She said the dress had been bought for Iris as a gift (no word as to by whom), but that she had no idea that it was anything other than adorable. And you know what, I buy that. Sadie has four kids, and things can get hectic. You don't always have time to read your kids' clothing.
The other day, as my son was standing in line with his second grade class in the school parking lot to say the Pledge of Allegiance, I gasped as I realized he had his uniform shirt on inside out. It's a monogrammed white polo shirt so it was VERY apparent, yet there I'd gotten him out the door and to school without noticing. Not my best mom moment, especially when his friends noticed and he got embarrassed. But it happens, and I totally believe Sadie when she says she just didn't notice.
What I don't quite buy is her assertion that Iris didn't know. "Iris is a sweet, innocent girl," she tweeted. I'm sure she wants to believe that, but c'mon. What 12-year-old girl do you know that isn't incredibly picky about what she's going to wear? And one that's headed to a Vivienne Westwood fashion show certainly is more likely to be fashion conscious. Does her mom really believe she didn't scrutinize each and every phrase on that frock? Please. She knew exactly what she was wearing.
She probably put it on, threw a sweater on top, and prayed her mother didn't notice. Kids trying to get away with fashion infractions -- behind their parents' backs and right under their noses -- is nothing new, and I'd say little Iris here just got away with a big one.
Do you think you would notice if your child went out the door in an outfit like this?
Image via Pacific Coast News