When I posted two days ago about the controversy surrounding the question of who actually designed the beautiful dress Gwen Stefani wore to the amfAR Gala last week, I predicted that it would all be cleared up soon. Gwen and friends are too classy to let a question like this linger and cause an unpleasant stench in the air. And guess what? I was right. As it turns out, the statement designer/stylist Michael Angel supposedly made to New York Magazine‘s fashion blog The Cut did not come from him at all, but from “a former employee” who did not have “full knowledge” of the collaboration that went into designing the dress. Sounds like someone got uber-fired. Will the real Michael Angel please stand up?
Via The Cut:
Earlier this week a former employee from my camp spoke to the press without having full knowledge of the collaboration between Gwen Stefani, L.A.M.B., and me. I strongly want to reassure everyone that the dress was designed by Gwen Stefani for L.A.M.B. to wear and be auctioned off at the amfAR gala. I’m disappointed that the focus has shifted away from what Gwen and I originally intended, which was to create a custom outfit for a great cause. We both were thrilled with the outcome and enjoyed the process. I have nothing but respect for her and look forward to working with her on more projects in the future.I can assure you that this is my only comment on this matter and any other quotations or statements written on my behalf are false.
Honestly, it still sounds like Angel should have received some design credit for the dress, but he seems like he’s pretty cool with having his collaborative efforts absorbed into the L.A.M.B. label, so whatever. He also echoes my previously stated sentiments that this manufactured controversy has inappropriately overshadowed the gown’s true purpose, i.e. raising money for AIDS research. The dress fulfilled this purpose quite nicely ($120k nicely!), Michael Angel isn’t mad, and the misguided minion has now been fired. I hereby give everyone permission to never think about this dress again, ever.