Drama behind Met Ball: Azzedine Alaia v Anna Wintour

05 May 2009

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Now we're over the fashwan (and granny hair) on the red carpet at last night's Met Ball, it's time to analyse the drama that unfolded before the big event. (Well it wouldn't be a fashion party if there wasn't a little bit of bitching now, would it?) Apparently, legendary designer Azzedine Alaia was so unhappy with his representation at the museum's Models as Muses exhibition - he's blamed Anna Wintour for allowing only one photograph of his designs to be included in the exhibition - that he asked the seven supermodels who were due to wear his gowns to the event not to. Staying loyal to their long-term friend, that meant Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour and Linda Evangelista dropped out of the event all together. ‘As Naomi has been the muse of Azzedine Alaia for 23 years, she feels she doesn't want to attend unless she can represent his work,' the supermodel's spokeswoman said. So that accounts for two out of the three supermodels in the so-called Holy Trinity missing from the guest list. But what about Christy Turlington? She's said her no-show is due to a clash with long-standing working commitments. ‘I would have been there with absolute pleasure, but I am out of the country filming a documentary about maternal health. I have regularly attended this event . . . and would have loved to have been there this year, especially because Kate was hosting.' But that's not what the New York rumour mill is saying. Word is afloat that the other supermodels were unhappy it was Kate, not them, chosen to co-host the event. Ooh-er... Do we spy a fashion catfight at dawn? [Heard on the Runway, NY Post]


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