Glamorous photographs of the world’s ‘original supermodels’ walking the Versace runway set the internet alight last week, but that didn’t save Milan Fashion Week from coming under fire.
The world-famous fashion event was labelled ‘out-of-touch’, ‘unintelligent’ and was heavily criticised by the New York Times.
The comments ruffled feathers among fashion royalty, with Stefano Gabbana stepping forward to defend Milan Fashion Week.
During an interview with an Italian newspaper, Gabbana fiercely defended the fashion show, saying that he was ‘sick’ of the American press and describing the author as being ‘anything but smart’.
Pictured from left to right: Carla Bruni, 49, Claudia Schiffer, 47, Donatella Versace, 62, Naomi Cambell, 47, Helena Christensen, 48
The article titled ‘Does Milan Matter?’ penned by Vanessa Friedman, compared the fashion show to its London and Paris counterparts, claiming that Milan is not an ‘intellectual fashion city’.
It went on to say that the event was ‘out-of-touch’ and branded Milan Fashion Week as a ‘peripheral player’ in Fashion Month.
This came just days after images of Carla Bruni, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Helena Christensen were splashed across the world’s press.
The New York Times journalist also said that ‘Clothes are just clothes’ and went on to add: ‘And there’s nothing wrong with just clothes — except that the outside world has so much more urgency than what has been on the runway, the connection between the two seems increasingly frayed.
(Pictured) Stefano Gabbana (left) and Domenico Dolce (right) were not impressed with the comments
The photos of the ‘original supermodels’ was plastered across the world’s press
Hitting back at the comments, Gabbana said: ‘Milan has everything – everything,’ in the Corriere della Sera newspaper. He added: ‘This year’s Fashion Week struck me as being more joyous and relaxed than usual.
‘The problem is that we Italians are insecure. We always feel inferior to others, whereas in reality it is the others who are afraid of us.’
Gabbana finished his rant with adding: ‘The world needs our products because once you wear Italian, you never go back.’