Izzy feels remiss for having offended some of his loyal readers regarding Gianfranco Ferre.Â The post was intended toÂ make fun ofÂ the designer’s fondness for white suitsâ€”not his size and certainly not his passing.Â (As someone who has actually read Moby-Dick (twice!), Izzy feels confident that while being compared toÂ a whale can be unflattering,Â the allusion to the Great White Metaphor has many positive connotations.)
As a matter of fact, IzzyÂ admired FerreÂ for beingÂ someone in the weight-obsessed fashion worldÂ whoÂ demonstrated a (stereotypically Italian?) willingness to take pleasure in food.Â Â Come to think of it:Â CouldÂ the widespread abuse of intoxicants in that industry beÂ an attempt to compensate for self-denial?
In any case, Izzy apologizes for teetering over the “Cartesian vortices” below.