Think imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? Not according to Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce, or Stefano Gabbana.
Giorgio Armani is accusing Dolce and Gabbana of copying the quilted men’s pants Armani designed and showed in June in the Fall/Winter 2009-10 menswear collection of their diffusion line D & G. As is reported in The Guardian – “Though the creators of fashion often complain of having their creations ripped off by High Street labels, it is highly unusual for a designer with a global reputation to point a finger at his or her peers. Yet on Sunday evening Giorgio Armani did just that.”
Armani is claiming that at least sixteen pairs of the quilted pants walked down the D & G runway and the designer told reporters – “Now they copy me. Tomorrow they will learn. I would understand if they were nobodies. But honestly!”
That said an Armani spokespman says that Armani was only making observations and does not plan on suing the Italian design team.
For their part Dolce and Gabbana deny Armani’s claim saying that they surely have plenty to learn, but “certainly not from him”. In a statement the Sicilian design duo add “the Armani style was never a source of inspiration for us and it is years since we have bothered to watch his collections.”
Bitter words from both parties indeed.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.