Kanye West Disses Hedi Slimane, Plus 5 More Great Feuds in Fashion History

In his hour-long and extremely hyped interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Kanye West elaborated on his problems with Fendi and his beef with Hedi Slimane. Many people speculated that West's song "I am God" was about Slimane and West confirmed it in the interview, telling Lowe that he wrote the track after Slimane told West he could only attend YSL's fashion show if he gave up his seat at other shows, according to Fashionista. In the spirit of this fashion fight, we've decided to look back on some of our favorite fashion feuds. Because few things are more entertaining than seeing two people wearing Isabel Marant sneakers duke it out.

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In his hour-long and extremely hyped interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Kanye West elaborated on his problems with Fendi and his beef with Hedi Slimane. Many people speculated that West's song "I am God" was about Slimane and West confirmed it in the interview, telling Lowe that he wrote the track after Slimane told West he could only attend YSL's fashion show if he gave up his seat at other shows, according to Fashionista. In the spirit of this fashion fight, we've decided to look back on some of our favorite fashion feuds. Because few things are more entertaining than seeing two people wearing Isabel Marant sneakers duke it out.

Cathy Horyn vs. Oscar de la Renta

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Horyn has her fair share of fashion feuds under her belt: Lady Gaga, Hedi Slimane, Armani, etc. But one of her most surprising feuds was with Oscar de la Renta in 2012. The Horyn vs. ODLR showdown began when Horyn, in a review of his 2013 Spring show, called him “far more a hot dog than an éminence grise of American fashion.” Oscar de la Renta fired back with an open letter in WWD, calling Horyn a “3-day old hamburger.” They really got creative with their insults. Apparently, though, all is well now as Horyn was spotted sitting front row at one of his pre-fall shows decked out in one of his designs.

Karl Lagerfeld vs. Yves Saint Laurent

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A feud so drama-filled and infamous that it spawned its own book, The Beautiful Fall. The rivalry began when Saint Laurent beat out Lagerfeld for the title of the next great couturier at the International Wool Secretariat in 1950s. The rivalry endured, friction ever-growing because of two personalities that could not have been more different: YSL was the recluse, and Lagerfeld was, well, Lagerfeld. We'll just say it made for an entertaining, eventful '70s.

Anna Wintour vs. Azzedine Alaia

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The extremely private and visionary Alaia claimed that Vogue never shoots his clothing because he doesn’t put out glossy advertisements. And he’s not too much of a fan of Anna Wintour, either. In an interview in 2011 he said of Anna Wintour, “She runs the business very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don't believe in her tastes one second... Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one." This might have been social suicide for some designers, but Alaia has always been a designer who has followed his own path and has a huge band of devotees himself.

Coco Chanel vs Elsa Schiaparelli

So, Coco Chanel may or may not have “accidentally” pushed Elsa Schiaparelli, the Italian fashion designer, into some candles in the hopes that she would catch on fire. Apparently she was not too fond of Schiaparelli (surprise!), referring to her simply as “that Italian artist who makes clothes”.

Tom Ford vs. Yves Saint Laurent

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In 2009, Tom Ford gave an interview exposing his hostile relationship with his former boss. He stated, “Pierre [Yves’ partner] and Yves were just evil. I have letters from Yves Saint Laurent that are so mean you cannot even believe such vitriol is possible.” Letters? This feud makes us nostalgic for a time when feuds were duked out face-to-face and on paper and not just in 140 characters on twitter.