Miuccia Prada's designs are naff, says Italian designer on eve of his rival's debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

This article titled “Prada’s stock market debut marred by ‘tacky’ charge from Giorgio Armani” was written by John Hooper in Rome, for The Guardian on Friday 24th June 2011 16.51 UTC

When Prada made its stock exchange debut in Hong Kong on Friday, it was the realisation of a dream held for at least 10 years by the creators of what has become Italy’s top-selling fashion house.

But the occasion was tainted by the lingering venom of the most toxic attack the Italian fashion world has seen in recent years. At a press conference in Milan on Tuesday Giorgio Armani tore into Miuccia Prada, saying she had “chosen the path of irony and of the bad taste that pleases”.

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