Nicola Formichetti is telling his fans on Facebook, "dont believe everything you read on line [sic]," after some quotes of his from W's new profile of him by David Colman made the rounds. Formichetti, the Mugler creative director and stylist to Lady Gaga, spoke to W about starting out as a stylist. The story reads:
One shoot, which involved dressing a rock band, was particularly unfortunate. “I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids,” he recalled. “And I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.”
Formichetti responded on Facebook by posting photos from the plus-size issue he worked on for V magazine. Under one, he writes, "i know i should just leave it but ... i really hate when writers just write whatever they want ... 'i dont work with fat people ... ' why would someone say such a thing?!" And under another: "you dont need to be skinny to look gorgeous!!! heres another favourite picture i created for v magazine. dont believe everything you read on line please..."
Refinery 29 noticed that while the V magazine photos appear on Formichetti's fan page, very different photos of fat people have been posted to his personal Facebook page. Refinery calls them "insensitive," adding that they "cast a different light on Nicola Formichetti's relationship with 'fat people.'"
What Formichetti may or may not feel about fat seems less important than the issue of him being misquoted. Indeed, it would be pretty scandalous and probably quite unlikely for W to go out of their way to misquote him at all. A W magazine spokesperson says, "After double-checking both the print and audio transcript, W firmly stands behind its reporting of its interview with Nicola Formichetti." (Formichetti also accused this blog on his Twitter feed of taking his quotes out of context in last week's post on the story.)
The entirety of every interview is never run — it can't be — and a lot of times the way things read on paper and the way things sound when said casually to someone can be very different. The only way W would truly be out of line is to quote him on something he said was "off the record." When you agree to let someone write about you, you agree to give up control over what they choose to quote you on. But if you're working in the fashion industry and say anything about "fat people," it's probably a safe bet that it will make it in the story.