Within the otherwise flattering article in W's July issue appeared this damning paragraph:
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."
The comment immediately made the rounds, putting Formichetti on the wrong side of the plus-size models conversation that has been ongoing in the fashion industry.
What made the anti-fat remark particular strange was that it came from Formichetti, who as creative director for both Dazed & Confused and Lady Gaga has always promoted individuality and boundary-pushing fashion.
So we suppose it makes sense that later Tuesday night, Formichetti took to Facebook to declare that W misquoted him and that he does in fact work with plus-size models.
Crossposted to his Twitter feed (and his 81,258 followers), the designer put up images of his past editorial work with plus-size models, captioning the images, "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?!"
He added, "GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES -AMEN FASHION... dont believe all what you read on line... no matter if you are fat, skinny or whatever, we're all born this way."
Although it's hard to believe W would completely twist his words, Formichetti certainly has a positive track record when it comes to body image and working with people of all sizes. We're definitely inclined to give this guy another shot.
See Formichetti's Facebook comments below.