La Belle is First Luxury Super Yacht Designed for a Lady
Photo via Lidia Bersani
While it certainly won't be a hit with everyone, the La Belle super yacht aims to stand out from the rest and capture women's imagination with a bold and perhaps over-the-top design.
Stretching 80 meters, gold and crystal feature heavily throughout the 12-guest luxury yacht, which is described as "elegant" and "feminine" on Italian designer Lidia Bersani's website.
In a recent interview with CNN, Bersani explained the motivation behind her elaborate design:
"I felt, as a lady, it was my duty to design something especially for us, where we can feel a woman's touch," said Bersani. "There will only be off-white, ivory, and cream colors. All surrounded by furs, silk, gold, pearls, crystals, live music, aromatics and flowers."
"There will not be any boy's toys—such as pool tables or beer kegs—on board," she added. "But there will be a fantastic spa with a beauty center, large mirrors, and huge wardrobes."
As stated, onboard features include a spa area and a beauty center, in addition to multiple lounges and bars, a fitness club, a library, a disco club and cinema. There's even a helicopter landing pad for good measure.
However, some would argue that the amenities are overshadowed by the extravagant design.
"I don't know any woman who lives in a dream world where these things are desirable," said Oxford University's director of International Gender Studies Maria Jaschok. "It feels somehow remote, like some sort of little girlish dream, traveling in that eternal pink cloud."
Rory Trahair of yahcting company Edmiston added that the design could be "regarded as patronizing—a bit like Barbie, where the assumption is that everything has to be pink."
Clearly, it would be cliched to argue that La Belle is every woman's dream yacht.
Sure, there are both women and men who are going to gush over Bersani's sophisticated design concept, but there are also plenty others who want to shoot pool and jet ski on their holiday at sea. Therefore, gender-specific yachts like this one are likely to see only limited demand.
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