Roberto Cavalli Slams Designers Who Use Celebrities to Sell Clothes

“I don’t care to spend millions to dress Lady Gaga so that she can say she is wearing my clothes," the designer said before his show on Thursday.
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“I don’t care to spend millions to dress Lady Gaga so that she can say she is wearing my clothes," the designer said before his show on Thursday.
Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty

Never one to shy away from voicing his opinions (remember that Twitter rampage?), colorful -- or, really, just tan -- Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has been dropping controversial quotes everywhere lately.

First, there was his feature in Miami's Haute Living magazine, in which he accused Michael Kors of "copying everything," a charge he also hurled at the designer just last December on Style.com (Cavalli's really got a bee in his bonnet, eh?). And now comes a nice little tidbit slamming Versace, courtesy of WWD.

Before his Just Cavalli show on Thursday during Milan Fashion Week, he told the paper, “I wish fashion were less tied to communication and stars. I can’t understand all these fashion companies spending millions to dress celebrities." He then went on to blame the media for feeding into that frenzy, and criticized Versace for its latest campaign, starring Mother Monster herself. “I don’t care to spend millions to dress Lady Gaga so that she can say she is wearing my clothes," he remarked.

That said, Cavalli has used the likes of Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen in his ads, so it's not like he's casting nobodies, either. Plus, he designed a few costumes for Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour, which, while not the same thing as a paid endorsement, certainly demonstrates a healthier relationship with celebrities than he's letting on.