Milan, Italy (CNS) – Italian fashion rivals Giorgio Armani and the design duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (D&G) are currently in a blame war. The veteran designer has accused D&G of stealing his design for a pair of quilted men’s trousers.
The dispute began when D&G showed quilted-silk pants in hues of black, blue and brown at their menswear show on Saturday in Milan. Also, the following day, Giorgio Armani also showed a pair of quilted silk pants for men in Emporio Armani collection that used the same technique like D&G’s.
Following his show, Armani publicly accused D & G of blatant plagiarism of his designs. “Now they copy, later they will learn,” according to Italian news agency Ansa.
“They are the same as ours,” echoed Armani lieutenant Leo Dell’Orco, according to La Repubblica newspaper on Monday.
In response, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana issued a statement on Monday denying Armani’s claims that they copied his designs. “Surely we still have much to learn, but definitely not from him,” the designers said of Armani. Though the designs undoubtedly look the same, Armani’s pants feature wet-look sheen, while Dolce & Gabbana’s are matt, and feature bulkier padding.