TV appearance sparks Twitter row over dress

A war of words erupted on Twitter last week after television presenter Kirstie Allsopp made comments about Melanie Bien, director of communications at Private Finance.

The comments were made after Bien appeared on BBC Breakfast. The Location, Location, Location presenter tweeted: “Finance woman clearly came directly from a night out and it’s debatable whether that’s a skirt or not – hardtotake seriously.”

Bien later tweeted: “No, as a mother of 18-month old, no nights out and I was wearing a dress, not a skirt.” To which Allsop replied: “It’s only fair to give right of reply!”

Allsopp added: “For the record, I’m no saint, I do think, say and tweet mean things and I am as capable as anyone of hypocrisy.”

One Bien supporter tweeted: “I find it sad that women are so critical of each other re: appearance. It just wouldn’t happen with men.”

Rob Jupp, managing director of Brightstar Financial also weighed in: “I think this is scandalous that such a comment has been made. You are a wonderful ambassador for us all and I thought you looked great.”