Last week, the fashion world was reeling from a tell-all interview with fired British Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers published in the academic journal Vestoj. Chambers â who had worked at Vogue for 25 years â said she hadnât read the glossy âin years.â She lambasted shallow colleagues, deemed the clothes âirrelevantâ and called a recent cover with Alexa Chung âcrap.â
Such score-settling is, deliciously, de rigueur in la mode. Fashion folk may be in the beauty biz, but theyâre certainly not afraid to pick fights, throw shade and undermine rivals, as these notorious feuds attest.
Karl Lagerfeld vs. Yves Saint Laurent
These two designersâ feud was so legendary thereâs a whole book about it (Alicia Drakeâs âThe Beautiful Fallâ). It started in 1954, when Saint Laurent beat frenemy Lagerfeld in a competition for the next great couturier. The two would socialize but also frequently trade barbs in the press, force mutual friends to choose sides and steal one anotherâs boyfriends. The rivalry ended with Saint Laurentâs retirement in 2002 and eventual death in 2008.
Azzedine AlaÃ¯a vs. Anna Wintour
Although Azzedine AlaÃ¯a is one of the most respected couturiers in the world, Vogue editrix Anna Wintour hasnât put one of his outfits in her magazine for 20 years. AlaÃ¯a, who refuses to advertise, shrugged it off until 2009, when the Met Costume Institute exhibit âModel as Muse,â which Wintour had a big hand in, left out his contributions. âWho will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one,â he lashed out in a 2011 interview with Virgine magazine. Relations havenât cooled: Last week, Wintour skipped AlaÃ¯aâs couture show in Paris â his first in seven years â and Vogue Runway has yet to post photos from it online.
Giorgio Armani vs. Donatella Versace
In 2015, Armani told the UKâs Sunday Times Magazine that the late Gianni Versace said to him, âI dress sluts. You dress church ladies.â Although that assessment was probably kinder to Versace than to Armani, Gianniâs little sis Donatella was not having it. She called Armaniâs comments ârude and tasteless,â adding: âThe only word that ever came from Gianniâs mouth was âglamour.âââ
Â Tyra Banks vs.Â Naomi Campbell
According to Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell bullied her early on in her career and even had her fired from jobs. In 2005, Banks invited her former nemesis on her talk show where the two found âclosure.â Perhaps not surprisingly given Campbellâs well-documented anger-management issues, the detente didnât last: In 2016, Banks told a Norwegian journalist that she was still âvery scaredâ of her.
Giorgio Armani vs. Dolce & Gabbana
The designers have been locked in a tiff since 2009 about who first showed quilted trousers on the runway â a rather dubious distinction to be fighting over.
Elle Macpherson vs. Heidi Klum
While most women wish they could be recognized for their smarts, these two supermodels are battling over who can claim the moniker âthe Body.â In 2006, Klum launched a Victoriaâs Secret lingerie line by that name, noting it was her nickname. Macpherson fought back, insisting she was the original âBody.â Klum had the last laugh: She ended up taking over the older supermodelâs Intimates lingerie line as creative director in 2014.
Coco Chanel vs. Elsa Schiaparelli
Not only did Chanel consistently disparage the surrealist Italian designer Schiaparelli, she also tried to set her dress on fire, âaccidentallyâ pushing Schiaparelli into a candelabra at a party. Schiaparelli wasnât an innocent flower, however, referring damningly to Chanel as âthat milliner.â