Armani on Madonna Fall: She's 'Difficult'
Don't blame his cape, designer says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2015 9:55 AM CST
Madonna stumbles while performing during the Brit Awards 2015 at the 02 Arena in London, Feb. 25, 2015.   (AP Photo/PA, Yui Mok)

(Newser) – It was an Armani cape that contributed to Madonna's epic fall at the Brit Awards, but Giorgio Armani says the Material Girl herself is actually to blame. Madonna has explained that the cape was tied too tightly at the neck and thus the two dancers who were supposed to pull it off couldn't remove it; it yanked her backward and she was dragged down three steps. But Armani tells the AP the cape was supposed to close with a hook that would have been easily unclasped. "Madonna, as we all know, is very difficult," he explains, saying she wanted the cape to tie instead. "That's all there was to it."

"The cape had a hook and she wanted a tie, and she wasn't able to open it with her hands," he continues. But Madonna had previously said the decision to use a tie instead of a clasp was not hers alone, the BBC reports: "Everyone was worried" it would slide off her shoulders if it wasn't tied, she explained. (The fall gave her whiplash.)