ROSIE DROPS EILEEN: Rosie O’Donnell has never been shy about declaring her love for the styles of Eileen Fisher. She’s talked about the designer during public appearances and on TV, noting how the clothing has changed her life. What’s more, O’Donnell even asked Nora Ephron to write an extra line in her new play, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” to defend the designer after one actor says, “When you start wearing Eileen Fisher, you might as well just say I give up.”
But as many relationships go, it appears the love was flowing in only one direction. While performing in the play recently, O’Donnell got word Fisher was actually in the audience. O’Donnell rehashed their conversation during her radio show on Sirius XM on Monday. “I see [her] and say, ‘I love you, and you have helped me. You can’t imagine how much stress I had in my life because of clothing but once I found you three years ago everything changed. On behalf of every plus-sized woman in the world, I just want to thank you,’” O’Donnell recalled. “‘And I want to ask you why do you only have the [plus] sizes down in SoHo?’”
According to O’Donnell’s account, the praise seemed lost on Fisher, who responded to O’Donnell’s query by saying, “That’s not really our demographic…you know, we sell a lot of size two.” O’Donnell said she then remarked, “Oh yeah, the plus-size two.” And Fisher countered, “No, the regular size two.”
“So, you’re trying to design for everyone and you don’t really want the association with the plus-size people?” O’Donnell recalled saying. To which, she said, Fisher responded, “Well, it’s just not the image that we’re going for.”
And that was it for O’Donnell. “It was like someone stabbed me in the heart,” said the actor and comedian on her radio show. “I was like, ‘OK, Eileen, we’re broken up. I am wearing Donna Karan from now on.’”
As for Fisher’s recollection of the conversation, that remains unclear. The designer did not return several phone calls seeking comment. — Amy Wicks
November 4, 2009
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