SOUND OFF: Before his Emporio Armani show, Giorgio Armani held a press conference and responded to a Roberto Cavalli blog entry last week. In the entry, Cavalli called Armani “Reuccio,” which translates to “Little King,” to whom, he wrote, the Italian Chamber of Fashion acquiesces when mapping out the show calendar as “his every choice is perceived as an order!”
The response from an amused Armani? “Cavalli should be quiet because the ‘Little King’ could start to get angry.”
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Cavalli wrote in his post, “As usual, the Camera Nazionale della Moda is washing its hands of the situation and it will not go against the wishes of ‘Little King’ Armani, and therefore the problems are mine alone. What can I do? Do I stay the final day, running the risk that some foreign journalists will forgo my show, or should I overlap with smaller fry, smaller brands, acting as some of my colleagues do?”
On the Milan show calendar, Cavalli is the biggest name on Monday, the last day of fashion week there as Armani this season moved his show to Sunday, when he will also unveil an exhibition.
Armani is not the only designer Cavalli took to task, as he also accused the association of abiding by the demands of designers such as Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.