With his Autumn/Winter 2014 collection unfortunately scheduled to take place on the last day of Milan Fashion Week, some editors opted to ditch the show in favor of flying in to Paris early to prepare for Paris Fashion Week. This move has made designer Giorgio Armani angry, especially because Vogue editor Anna Wintour opted to skip the event. He ranted about her influence:
“There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris. 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.”
He also says his designs stand out as strange because he doesn’t add that element of fantasy to his mainline collections – his pieces are stylish but also functional and thus more commercial. He commented:
“I think that the exaltation of the idea that designers can be just completely free to express their fantasy is really dangerous, I’m very happy that others do what they do. I respect my colleagues. I’m happy with what I do, but I feel like a black swan in doing clothes with a function and with an attention to the commercial aspect.”
Armani also took aim at what is presumed to be Prada, calling out the label for not caring about the design element and only trying to attract attention:
“It’s very easy to do a V-neck dress with a bold print. It’s more difficult to make a suit or a jacket look new. It’s easier to freewheel.”
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