Top Fashion Rivalries
Coco Chanel vs. Elsa Schiaparelli Schiaparelli became famous in the 30s, with designs based largely on surrealism, and collaborations with artists such as Dali and Cocteau that left her dresses as art forms. Her eternal rival? Coco Chanel. Her aversion for Schiaparelli was unmeasurable and unjustifiable, by referring to her with phrases such as “that Italian artist who makes clothes.” Chanel’s biographer claims she once even set her on fire. “Chanel, costumed as herself, dared Schiaparelli, who had disguised herself as a surrealist tree, to dance with her” says the writer. “With purposeful innocence Chanel steered her dance partner straight into a chandelier ablaze with candles, and Schiaparelli caught fire.” Hedi Slimane vs. Cathy Horyn Cathy Horyn, who at the time was the New York Times fashion critic, was not invited to the Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent debut show. The reason, she claims, was a review she made in 2004 where she essentially wrote that without Raf Simons and his legacy, there would have never been a Hedi Slimane. His response? To publish a letter on his Twitter page, calling Horyn a “schoolyard bully and also a little bit of a standup comedian.” Azzedine Alaïa vs. Anna Wintour The designer and editor fell out after she failed to include him in the Met’s Model as Muse exhibition in 2009. In response, Alaïa withdrew the dresses he had designed for several supermodels to wear to the Met Gala, including a dress for Naomi Campbell, who refused to attend unless the designer’s work was included. Reportedly, Wintour forbade the entire staff at Vogue to attend any of his shows, while Alaïa later told the press “When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second.” Ghesquière vs. Balenciaga In 2012 Nicolas Ghesquière, one of the most talented designers of his generation, left Balenciaga, a brand he essentially reinvented. The designer and the french fashion house, owned by luxury conglomerate Kering (formerly known as PPR), confirmed it was a common agreement. The reality was far from it, since Kering filed charges against the designer for breaches of confidentiality. Turns out that in a candid interview after leaving the house, Ghesquière accused the label of “lacking direction” and attested he had a lack of support from the business side of things – in France, an employer is able to seek damages from a former employee if they had made statements that could potentially be damaging to a business. Jessica Hart vs. Natasha Poly It happened in 2012, when supermodels Jessica Hart and Natasha Poly nearly fought in a nightclub in New York. Reportedly, both models were partying with their groups of friends until Hart screamed “Your husband’s a loser! F*** you” to Poly outside the club. After the incident, a fight resulted in Pierre Casiraghi in hospital with a broken jaw. The models haven’t spoken to each other since.