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Edited by on June 3 2011 at 5:30 AM

“In 13 minutes on the runway you have destroyed 40 years of my career.” So reads a letter from Yves Saint Laurent to Tom Ford, according to Ford in an interview with CNN. The late designer seemed to grow resentful of Ford and the direction of his eponymous label as the brand grew more profitable.

Yves Saint Laurent Was Not the Biggest Tom Ford Fan

Ironically, Ford talks about his fear of starting his own label — the fear of losing the rights to his name, the fear of his name being associated with a product he’s not proud of — before going into Yves Saint Laurent’s dissatisfaction with Ford and Gucci, who had purchased the YSL line:

“You know, he was supportive at the beginning….But when I started to get great press and the business started to become successful, Yves became really quite hostile and we had a little bit different taste. I have letters that he wrote to me about it, you know: ‘In 13 minutes on the runway you have destroyed 40 years of my career.’”

This isn’t the first time Ford’s spoken out over his strained relationship with Saint Laurent, though this time he stopped short of calling him “evil.” And it’s nice to know that at least he’s acknowledging his existence again — fashion grudges tend to last a lifetime. [Styleite]

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at fashionindie.com