Final week, the fashion world was reeling from a inform-all interview with fired British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers published in the academic journal Vestoj. Chambers — who had labored at Vogue for 25 years — mentioned she hadn’t learn the shiny “in years.” She lambasted shallow colleagues, deemed the garments “irrelevant” and known as a latest cowl with Alexa Chung “crap.”
Such rating-settling is, deliciously, de rigueur in la mode. Fashion people could also be in the sweetness biz, however they’re actually not afraid to select fights, throw shade and undermine rivals, as these infamous feuds attest.
Karl Lagerfeld vs. Yves Saint Laurent
These two designers’ feud was so legendary there’s a complete ebook about it (Alicia Drake’s “The Beautiful Fall”). It began in 1954, when Saint Laurent beat frenemy Lagerfeld in a contest for the following nice couturier. The two would socialize but additionally often commerce barbs in the press, pressure mutual buddies to decide on sides and steal each other’s boyfriends. The rivalry ended with Saint Laurent’s retirement in 2002 and eventual loss of life in 2008.
Azzedine Alaïa vs. Anna Wintour
Though Azzedine Alaïa is likely one of the most revered couturiers in the world, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour hasn’t put one of his outfits in her magazine for 20 years. Alaïa, who refuses to promote, shrugged it off till 2009, when the Met Costume Institute exhibit “Mannequin as Muse,” which Wintour had a giant hand in, omitted his contributions. “Who will keep in mind Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? Nobody,” he lashed out in a 2011 interview with Virgine journal. Relations haven’t cooled: Final week, Wintour skipped Alaïa’s couture present in Paris — his first in seven years — and Vogue Runway has but to submit pictures from it on-line.
Giorgio Armani vs. Donatella Versace
In 2015, Armani told the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine that the late Gianni Versace mentioned to him, “I gown sluts. You gown church women.” Though that evaluation was in all probability kinder to Versace than to Armani, Gianni’s little sis Donatella was not having it. She called Armani’s comments “impolite and tasteless,” including: “The solely phrase that ever got here from Gianni’s mouth was ‘glamour.’ ”
Tyra Banks vs. Naomi Campbell
In line with Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell bullied her early on in her profession and even had her fired from jobs. In 2005, Banks invited her former nemesis on her talk show the place the 2 discovered “closure.” Maybe not surprisingly given Campbell’s properly-documented anger-administration points, the detente didn’t final: In 2016, Banks instructed a Norwegian journalist that she was nonetheless “very scared” of her.
Giorgio Armani vs. Dolce & Gabbana
The designers have been locked in a tiff since 2009 about who first showed quilted trousers on the runway — a quite doubtful distinction to be preventing over.
Elle Macpherson vs. Heidi Klum
Whereas most ladies want they may very well be acknowledged for his or her smarts, these two supermodels are battling over who can declare the moniker “the Physique.” In 2006, Klum launched a Victoria’s Secret lingerie line by that identify, noting it was her nickname. Macpherson fought back, insisting she was the unique “Physique.” Klum had the final giggle: She ended up taking on the older supermodel’s Intimates lingerie line as artistic director in 2014.
Coco Chanel vs. Elsa Schiaparelli
Not solely did Chanel consistently disparage the surrealist Italian designer Schiaparelli, she additionally tried to set her gown on hearth, “unintentionally” pushing Schiaparelli right into a candelabra at a celebration. Schiaparelli wasn’t an harmless flower, nonetheless, referring damningly to Chanel as “that milliner.”