Brigitte Bardot Bag for Lancel is Eco Chic and Controversial

Lancel is reverting back to the glory days of the iconic French sex symbol Brigitte Bardot with its launch of Le Brigitte Bardot handbag. Known as the provocative “woman child” who captured 1950’s Saint Tropez and the world with her so carefree, sexy teased blonde hair, heavily lined cat eyes, and sometimes wearing not much else… well, the bikini and gingham have her to thank for a rise in popularity.

Gingham windows at Lancel Paris for Le Brigitte Bardot

Gingham windows at Lancel Paris for Le Brigitte Bardot

Splashed all over the windows of the Lancel store on the Champs Elysees are fab black and white photos of the young Brigitte Bardot. Since her oh la la days, the actress has become a rather controversial animal rights activist.

Lancel is launching its new eco-friendly/green bag made of 100% natural fibers called the Bardot, and Brigitte participated in the design and execution of it.

Brigitte is a staunch animal rights activist with her own foundation, Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals. In her zeal to bring animal rights to the forefront, Bardot has also made controversial statements that, in my opinion, have made other extreme activist organizations look like paltry amateurs. She once had a neighbor’s donkey castrated while looking after it, on the grounds, as noted in Wikipedia, of its “sexual harassment” of her own

Iconic Brigitte Bardot

Iconic Brigitte Bardot

donkey and mare, for which she was taken to court by the donkey’s owner in 1989.

Lancel has a contest to win a Bardot bag with the tag line of, “what kind of woman are you?”

Well, that could be another story too.

Also noted in Wikipedia, during the 1990s Bardot was under fire for her criticism of immigration, race-mixing, some aspects of homosexuality and Islam in France, and has been fined five times for “inciting racial hatred”.

In her 2003 book, “A Scream in the Silence,” Bardot compared modern gays to her older gay friends, “they jiggle their bottoms, put their little fingers in the air and with their little castrato voices moan about what those ghastly heteros put them through.”

I guess if you should win the bag, just make sure you are white, straight, and not wearing a fur, otherwise she may want to take it back from you!– Richard Nahem, The Paris Insider

Photos: EyePreferParis