Fashion designers are often portrayed, in lazy Hollywood movies mostly, as highly-strung, fiery artiste types, who demand perfection from everything and everyone, darling. Well, a spat between Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, has done little to dispel this image. Claiming that Dolce & Gabbana had 'copied' his design for a pair of trousers, Armani said, 'Now they copy, later they will learn.'
Of course such an affront to their talent could only be met with a deliciously witty barb and so D&G's rapier reply was thus: 'For sure we have much to learn - but certainly not from him.' Ouch! It continued: 'Armani has never been a source of inspiration for us and we stopped seeing his shows years ago.' Well meow...However, they really were saving the best for last: 'As Picasso used to say - copying from others is inevitable but copying from oneself leads to sterility.'
Quoting Picasso to discredit an accusation of copying - that's your flair and thunder artiste genius on show.