If the fashion weapon of choice for women is the handbag, then the equivalent for men is the trouser. A battle is brewing today between Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. Both fashion houses have shown their menswear collections in Milan over the weekend, but Armani is accusing the Italian design duo of copying a pair of quilted trousers from last year's Armani collection (pictured below left at D&G and right at Armani Fall 2008).
Dolce and Gabbana have denied the claims with Dolce releasing a statement saying, "Stylistically, the Armani style is not, and has never been, an inspiration source for us and we stopped seeing his fashion shows years ago."
He went on to explain that their label was, "strongly tied to Sicily and its traditions" yet had become "globally recognised". Donatella Versace got involved in the dispute too last night adding, "It's an honour to be copied."