Costume designer and stylist June Ambrose has apologized for her insensitive comments during an interview at the CFDA Fashion Awards.
While hosting a live Instagram show on the official account for the Council of Fashion Designers of America who put on the annual awards event, Ambrose asked fitness star Hannah Bronfman about her dress for the evening. Clad in Kate Spade, Bronfman grew increasingly uncomfortable as Ambrose repeatedly asked whether the designer was with her at the event, seemingly unaware Spade died almost one year ago, on June 5, 2018.
“Are you here with Kate? Is she here? Did you come before her or did she skip by me?” Ambrose asked.
“I’m here with Kate… Well, the team from Kate is here, and we’re four total,” Bronfman replied.
After the insensitive question went viral on Twitter, earning backlash from users who were shocked that someone in the fashion industry would not know of Spade’s passing, Ambrose apologized for her question on Twitter.
Spade, who suffered from anxiety and depression, committed suicide last June.
“She was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives,” her husband Andy Spade said at the time. “We were in touch with her the night before and she sounded happy. There was no indication and no warning that she would do this. It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) all offer ways for getting help if you or someone you know is suffering from mental health issues.