If there was any doubt about Alexander McQueen's feelings toward his former employer, the British designer cleared it away on Sunday afternoon.
"Working at Givenchy was the biggest mistake of my life," said McQueen, who was a member of a New Yorker-sponsored panel titled "The Genesis of Fashion." His fellow panelists were interior designer Andree Putman, fashion historian Anne Hollander and fellow British designer Stella McCartney, with writer Judith Thurman moderating.
"I could never grasp the 'Audrey Hepburn' of Givenchy, because I never could see that that person really existed," said McQueen. "It wasn't modern. That's not the way to move forward."
Recycling is too much of a style crutch in general, he added.
"For fashion to move forward, it has to let go of retro," McQueen told the crowd of about 150, which included Gwyneth Paltrow. "Retro for me is just another word for 'Oops, I don't know what to do this season."'
McCartney, on the other hand, prefers to tip style icons on their ear.
"I'm in the generation that can take ideas and turn them back on themselves," she said. "When I make a corset, people always come up to me and say, 'How can you do that, you're repressing women.' But the truth is, I happen to think corsets are foxy. And they make your tits look great."

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