Designer Azzedine Alaia slammed famed American Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour in an interview with Virgine magazine. Alaia said that Wintour is 'forgettable' and won't leave a legacy when she retires.
He told the magazine: Anna runs the business [Vogue] very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe her tastes one second. I can say it loudly! She hasn't photographed my work in years even if I am a best seller in the U.S. and I have 140 square meters at Barney's. American women love me; I don't need her support at all. Anna Wintour doesn't deal with pictures; she is just doing PR and business, and she scares everybody. But when she sees me, she is the scared one.
Wow. Someone doesn't hold a grudge or anything.
Alaia continued on Wintour: Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one. Take Diana Vreeland, she is remembered because she was so chic. What she did with the magazine was great, with Avedon and all the great photographers. Vogue remains while its fashion editors come and go.
Well, we think that everyone will remember Anna Wintour if not for the over two decades she's run the magazine but for her influence over the fashion industry. It's said that if Anna doesn't like it, no one else will.
Alaia came to fame with his own label in 1980 after working briefly for Dior and Guy Laroche. However, in the mid-1990s he stopped designing publicly after the death of his sister. He signed a partnership with Prada in 2000 and in 2007 he brought back his own line. Alaia is known for his distaste for marketing. He focuses on clothes and discreet luxury rather than 'it-bags.' Alaia also just turned down an offer from Dior to replace previous creative director John Galliano, who was fired in February after shouting racial slurs in a Paris cafe.
Wintour is known for being the editor of American Vogue since 1983. She's known for her tenacity and serious work ethic and was portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film 'The Devil Wears Prada.' Wintour is often regarded as the leader in world-wide fashion. She was called the 'Pope' of fashion in 'The September Issue' a documentary about Vogue's legedary fall fashion issue.
Alaia wasn't finished after he slammed Wintour. He had just as many negative impressions of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Alaia said: I don't like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It's too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life. That doesn't mean that he's not great, but he's part of another system. He has capacity. One day he does photography, the next he does advertisements for Coca-Cola. I would rather die than see my face in a car advertisement. We don't do the same work. And I think that he is not doing a favor to young stylists who might think it works that way. They're going to fall before they retire.
Now, everyone's entitled to their own opinion but is there anything Alaia does like? Perhaps he just loves his own work so much that it's all encompassing? Got to love confidence.