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<b>“HE AIN’T AS FLY AS ME”: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs,</b> who walked out, entourage in tow, of Monday’s CFDA ceremony shortly after losing the men’s wear award, has taken to calling himself the Susan Lucci of...

“HE AIN’T AS FLY AS ME”: Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who walked out, entourage in tow, of Monday’s CFDA ceremony shortly after losing the men’s wear award, has taken to calling himself the Susan Lucci of men’s wear. Clearly disappointed at this fourth loss in as many years — Combs has been nominated twice for the Perry Ellis award and twice for Men’s Wear Designer of the Year — Combs reacted emotionally. “At the end of the day, fashion is about being honest. I’m the best loser in the world, but I’m a real person, I’m not going to smile and say cheese,” he told DNR (WWD’s sister publication). “Fashion is about speaking out, having that swagger, having that confidence, and Michael Kors’ collection wasn’t better than mine. I’m not trying to offend anybody. I congratulate him. But is he better than Sean John? [His] collection looked like it was a Sean John collection.” (Kors showed long fur and leather coats in his most recent fall line.)

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Continued Combs: “I’m fashion. I’m full-frontal fashion. I’m in your face. Michael Kors is my man, and I’ll shake his hand and congratulate him, but he ain’t as fly as me. When I walk in a room, he’ll disappear. When any of my Sean John crew walks in a room, [Kors’ crew] will disappear. We are fashion. We are the future of this [industry]. At the end of the day, Ralph Lauren should have won it, that’s just being perfectly honest.”

The next day, however, Combs phoned DNR to retract his comments. “I definitely congratulate him. This is just going to have me working harder. I’m young and I’m going to keep getting better. At the end of the day, I feel blessed just to have been nominated for the award. I’m cool with being the Susan Lucci of the CFDAs. What I said before just wasn’t right — I don’t want to criticize or hurt anyone’s feelings.”

Reached for comment, Kors took the high road, noting, “I admire what Sean John does and is all about, as well as Ralph Lauren. It was great to be nominated, and it’s always excellent to win. I know what being ‘Susan Lucci’ is all about. It took me almost 20 years to win the CFDA women’s award, and I know it won’t be that long for Sean John to win the men’s award.”

IMAGE CONTROL: The latest ads for Dior’s classic men’s fragrance, Eau Sauvage, have put the house’s men’s wear star, Hedi Slimane, in a foul mood. Sources said Slimane is “furious” that he was not consulted on — or even told about — the ads, which depict a variety of men, one shirtless, clutching a bottle of the cologne. Some are vaguely reminiscent of Slimane’s fashion ads for Dior, insofar as they are black and white and artfully lit. But the casting and attitude are also a far cry from the edgier image of masculinity Slimane has been carving out for the fashion house. The ads have shown up in French newspapers and even on the back page of FHM, a laddie title in Paris that comes polybagged with a portfolio of “the 100 sexiest women.” Slimane could not be reached for comment.