Armani, Dolce and Gabbana in Bitter Quilted Silk Trouser Feud
Giorgio Armani, Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have escalated their impassioned feud over trousers. The feud started when Giorgio Armani accused Dolce and Gabbana of copying his quilted-silk trouser design. Infuriated, Dolce and Gabbana refuted the claims and fired back that they certainly had nothing to learn from Armani.
Oh, snap. Trousergate is just getting started. If the lawyers get involved, this is going to get ugly. Under U.S. law, you can't copyright an idea but we have no idea what the Italian legal position on the subject is. In any event, the quilted silk track suit pants (pictured above) are pretty cool looking. Dolce & Gabbana showed them in black, blue and brown."Surely we still have much to learn, but definitely not from him," Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said in a statement on Monday. Their menswear show on Saturday included quilted-silk trousers and on Sunday, Emporio Armani's show included a pair of trousers which also used the technique.
Armani, speaking to journalists after his show, said: "Now they copy, later they will learn," when asked about the Dolce & Gabbana trousers, Italian news agency Ansa said on Sunday. "They are the same as ours," Armani's assistant Leo Dell'Orco said, according to La Repubblica newspaper on Monday.
Dolce & Gabbana retaliated with a statement saying Armani "never has been an inspiration source for us and we stopped seeing his fashion shows years ago."
In their statement, Dolce and Gabbana -- known for their use of gold and baroque embellishments -- said their style was globally recognized. "As Picasso used to say, copying from others is inevitable, but copying from oneself leads to sterility," they said.
Posted on January 19, 2009