Catfight Alert: Giorgio Armani vs. Anna Wintour

Designer slams 'Vogue' editor for skipping his show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Catfight Alert: Giorgio Armani vs. Anna Wintour
From left, Harold Koda, Anna Wintour, and Giorgio Armani pose at the presentation of the "Superheroes:Fashion and Fantasy" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2008.   (AP Photo/Giuseppe Gualtieri)

Rowr: After Anna Wintour failed to show up at Giorgio Armani's autumn/winter 2014 fashion show yesterday in Milan, Armani did not hide his displeasure. "There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris," he said at a press conference after the show, apparently referring to the Vogue editor. "She took an airplane, dumped Mr. Armani and went to Paris." The problem? Armani is the only big designer whose show was on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, so much of the press had already left for Paris Fashion Week, which starts today, the Telegraph reports. It's not the first time Wintour has skipped the Armani preview for that reason, the AP notes.

According to the Irish Independent, Armani (whose tirade also included digs at the Milan Fashion Week organizers and other Italian designers) went on to say—while not naming Wintour—"Why should I always be the [moron] to be penalized because of a person, who, for better or for worse, like or dislike it, is powerful? I feel penalized. She said she was sending her people. But if you go to see your dentist and he puts you in the hands of his assistant, what’s your reaction? They told me, 'She went to see the Privé in Paris; she has no time to see the ready-to-wear in Milan.' She is influential and powerful. But, perhaps, I’m influential as well." As for Wintour, her rep tells Women's Wear Daily, "Anna has the greatest respect for Giorgio Armani and everything he has done for Italy and fashion worldwide. Unfortunately, with the fashion calendar now running for more than a month, there are some shows that Anna is not able to attend." (More Anna Wintour stories.)

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