You know what? We're just going to go ahead and say it: Clearly some Europeans are hinting at war with Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Yesterday we learned Giorgio Armani said he was "indifferent" to her Bobness while he was standing onstage right next to her during a press conference for the Costume Institute Gala's "Superheroes" exhibit. We thought this little smack may have been because, as Giorgio mentioned, Wintour once said that "the Armani era is over." Hiss! And apparently Wintour also wrote letters to Italian designers asking them to show over a shorter amount of time so American editors didn't have to spend so much time in Milan at a time when the dollar is so weak! So now it's getting ugly, non? From the Guardian:
This has provoked a backlash amongst Italian designers, with Roberto Cavalli telling reporters backstage before his Just Cavalli show that "If we [Italian designers] pull our advertising, editors are sure to be less in a hurry to leave Milan" — referring to the expensive adverts placed by the Italian labels in American glossy magazines, money on which those magazines depend.
Referring to Wintour, Cavalli is reported to have said: "I don't need her in my front row."
Now that is a bold statement indeed! Gauntlet dropped. And Vogue didn't exactly feature any items by Cavalli in this month's issue either. Young designers in Milan, however, had difficulty attracting editors to their shows as the schedule was compressed from seven to four days. So Wintour gets what she wants for Milan, effectively, and, um, no one's happy?
Anna, we wish you luck in Paris.
Fashion's fat cats get their claws out [Guardian]
If Anna Wintour were a superhero, what would she be? [LAT]
Earlier: Armani Talks Smack About Anna Wintour in Her Presence! [The Cut]