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Giorgio Armani Lets Loose On Prada, Calls Clothes 'Sometimes Ugly'

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/23/2011 4:53 pm Updated: 08/23/2011 5:12 am

Fashion is getting fiesty.

First Azzedine Alaia flung some dirt in Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld's directions, and now Giorgio Armani has opened up his moth about the corporate ways and outlandish designs of brands like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.

According to Fashionologie, the designer got critical after his Milan menswear show on Tuesday:

Armani also suggested that houses like Prada and Dolce & Gabbana make men look ridiculous, and blamed the press for not being more critical about clownish runway styles that men don't wear. Prada is "ingenious" for her "irony," he said, "and bad taste that becomes chic." But, certain Prada collections are "sometimes ugly," he noted, and stil always get positive coverage in the press. "You know why..."

Women's Wear Daily writes:

His outburst contested how houses such as Prada and Dolce & Gabbana make men look ridiculous and blamed the press for not being more critical about clownish styles that men don't wear.

Armani also lamented the corporate style of today's high fashion, saying, "Fashion is in the in the hands of the banks [and] the stock market [...] It no longer belongs to the owners, but to those above them."

The statement was taken to be a direct comment on Prada's recent IPO. Armani added that, unlike his own debt-free company, "Prada's problem is that they have to pay back the money that the banks spent to build up the brand."

For more, read up at WWD.com and Fashionologie.

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