WWD received this letter from Mariuccia Mandelli, designer and co-owner of Krizia, in response to an item that appeared in last week's Memo Pad (July 8, page 8) regarding Andre Leon Talley, creative director of Vogue, and his participation backstage in the recent Krizia men's wear show.
To the editor: I am astonished and upset by the false publication of presumed consultations by Andre Leon Talley to my shows. Andre is a friend whom I greatly esteem and consider very talented, really updated on the actual language of fashion's trends. (He otherwise would not be creative director at Vogue.) I invite him to the previews of my collections one day before the show, the same as I do with other friends, journalists and artists whom I trust. They help, in particular, with exchanges of opinion and information. These meetings are of great interest to me from a cultural point of view in fashion. I invented nothing new: Meetings like these have always happened, the same as when Cocteau, Dali or Picasso were closely associated with French couture (Coco Chanel, for example). Furthermore, how can anyone, with the collection ready and the day before the show, influence the style of the collection? All my collections are entirely created by me, and I personally direct the production of my shows. In addition, I would consider it an offense to offer compensation for opinions or advice from my friend Andre. This would be completely improper. His professional respectability is above any suspicion. I cannot help but ask myself why this doubt is being expressed only now, when my name is concerned, and not on the occasion of previous or parallel connections with Lagerfeld, Galliano and Versace which, on the other hand, Andre quite openly admits? This to me is doubly offensive. Mariuccia Mandelli
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