Designer Alannah Hill at a cocktail reception at the David Jones Spring/Summer 2010 Season Launch. Picture: Getty Images

Leading Australian designer *Alannah Hill *has admitted her regret at weighing in to a 2010 sexual harassment case brought by former David Jones employee *Kristy Fraser-Kirk *against the company's chief executive, *Mark McInnes *, when she told reporters: "I wish he'd have touched me up."

"I was mortified. I was showing off and being stupid," Hill tells marie claire magazine, which is on sale tomorrow.

"It had nothing to do with the girl or Mark McInnes. It was me making a mockery of myself. I just couldn't bear to be one of those women going 'no comment' and I just wanted to lighten the vibe. I was caught in the spotlight and I often don't think before I say things. I just can't stand bullshit."

The 49-year-old also opened up about her vanity and how her musician fiance *Hugo Race *has never seen her without make-up.

"I think I do it to create another person, a different self. I'm a lot better than I used to be. I'll let my fiance see me now with hardly any make-up on. He's never seen me without any but I'm much better," she said.

"I basically feel really plain but he thinks I'm beautiful. He makes me feel gorgeous. It's a cross between a mask and something where I look in the mirror and I have to reinvent myself.

"When I'm alone, the make-up comes off, my hair gets scraped back, I put a really nice nightie on under a little cashmere cardigan. I've got a giant mirrored bed. When Hugo's coming over, I have really, really, sexy lingerie. It's suspenders, it's high heels . . . it's exhausting. Sometimes I'm upstairs putting on suspenders at midnight thinking, this is ridiculous (laughs)."

The West Australian

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