Giorgio Armani has seemingly slammed Anna Wintour for not attending his Milan Fashion Week show.
The Italian designer's Giorgio Armani line was the final presentation yesterday, with the Paris leg of shows kicking off today.
US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna was noticeably absent from the front row, with the designer revealing his irritation at a press conference after the catwalk. Although he didn't name Anna, it is widely suspected that he was referring to her.
"There are some who prefer to snub the Giorgio Armani show and go to Paris," he said, according to WWD.
"She took an airplane, dumped Mr. Armani and went to Paris."
Giorgio also took a swipe at the Italian Fashion Chamber - or Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana - which is responsible for hosting the event. He has lashed out at the organisation in the past, accusing it of not promoting Italian fashion enough.
"When we decided to show the last day, other big brands were involved. But currently this is an empty day,” he said. “Does this mean protecting the Italian fashion? Where is the Camera? I rejoined it but I can always exit again. I can just put in a phone call..."
DSquared2 was the other label to show on the last day of Milan Fashion Week.
Giorgio continued with his tirade, seemingly happy for people to know how disappointed he was about events surrounding his presentation.
"Why should I always be the [moron] to be penalised because of a person, who, for better or for worse, like or dislike it, is powerful? I feel penalised,” he fumed. “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."
WWD contacted Vogue communications director Hildy Kuryk, who insisted Anna meant no ill by not attending the event.
"Anna has the greatest respect for Giorgio Armani and everything he has done for Italy and fashion worldwide,” she said. “Unfortunately, with the fashion calendar now running for more than a month, there are some shows that Anna is not able to attend."
The president of Camera della Moda, Mario Boselli, insisted he had spoken to Giorgio after the press conference and the pair were on good terms. He agreed the major magazine editors should be in Milan for every show and claimed the organisation will do all in its power to ensure that's the case going forward.
It wasn't just the press who were the subject of Giorgio's wrath; he also took pot shots at other designers. He poked fun at the owl motif used by Dolce & Gabbana during its Spring/Summer 14 collection and suggested he was sceptical of many of the catwalk offerings over the fashion week season.
"I think that the exaltation of the idea that designers can be just completely free to express their fantasy is really dangerous,” he said.
"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."
It's not the first time Giorgio has slammed Dolce & Gabbana. In 2009 he accused the fashion designers of copying one of his creations.
The pair released a statement in reply, saying: "Surely we still have much to learn. But definitely not from him. Stylistically, the Armani style is not, and has never been, an inspiration source for us and we stopped seeing his fashion shows years ago."