'It looks like a psychiatric hospital': Flamboyant Roberto Cavalli lashes out against hotel of minimalist rival Giorgio Armani
The fashion world is notorious for its bitchiness so it is no great surprise that even in the aftermath of Milan fashion week, one its biggest names is still sniping.
Roberto Cavalli, known for his over-the-top esthetic and love of all things animal – whether prints or fabrics – voiced his disgust recently for Giorgio Armani's new hotel The Armani Hotel Milano.
In an interview with Italy's La Repubblica, the flamboyant designer told the newspaper that: 'Between Armani and me there is an abyss. Have you seen that new hotel It looks like a psychiatric hospital.'
Stark: The Armani Hotel Milano has been dismissed by flamboyant designer Roberto Cavalli as looking like a 'psychiatric hospital'
Then sensing perhaps how aggressive he had been in his review, added as an afterthought: 'Of course, I love Armani.'
The two powerhouse designers could not be more disparate in their style. Mr Armani is a minimalist whose collections embody the 'less is more' philosophy while Mr Cavalli is more of an exhibitionist in his work.
No love lost: Roberto Cavalli (left) and Giorgio Armani (right) have completely disparate tastes in style and have been heard sniping indirectly about the other
In keeping with those choices, Mr Armani's press office has not responded this time to the comments made by his resident competitor though he is not one to shy away from making known his own opinions.
During the shows last week he was heard asking why some of the louder labels insisted on dressing women like prostitutes.
The Armani Hotel is indeed a rather severe looking building on Via Manzoni, a street famous for its understated opulence and charming architecture.
A modern build with Art-deco interiors, the hotel was opened last year as Mr Armani's second foray into luxury accommodation.
Minimalist: The luxury palazzo is located on Via Manzoni, one of fashion district's most well known streets and home to many Armani stores
His first in Dubai was opened in 2010 in the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
Located in the heart of the fashion district the Milano palazzo has not won over all fans of Armani's stripped-down style.
On Trip Advisor, one traveller commented: 'Not a cozy place. Marbles all over. It looks like the Singapore airlines lounge in an airport.'
But there are always two sides to a story and no doubt Mr Armani will be comforted by recalling the Conde Nast Traveller review that called the hotel 'a home from home, or casa della casa, for suitably stylish guests in Milan.
Interiors are perfectly in keeping with Armani/Casa's sleek style and his clothing line.'