And the Milan Fashion Week saga continues. Today, Giorgio Armani has rekindled old awkwardness by again rejecting an invitation to join the Italian Chamber of Fashion, whose mission it is to revamp Milan Fashion Week by making it more attractive, saying he would only accept if every Italian brand agreed not to show in other cities.
This isn’t the first time Armani has indulged in some vocal waving of the national flag. He’s called out Miu Miu and Valentino in the past for choosing to show at Paris Fashion Week instead of staying on home turf, and today made it clear that Paris is still not in his good books, along with the French, the English and Anna Wintour. When asked if he would be open to a dialogue with the other fashion capitals, he responded:
“Are the French open? Are the English open? Are the Americans open, with that signora [Anna Wintour]?”
Dialogue hasn’t been one of Milan’s strong points in recent years, with the city famously refusing to compromise on fashion week dates during last year’s scheduling controversy. Armani doesn’t see much honest discussion in the Chamber’s future either, because there is “too much competition.”
He goes on to, not incredibly civilly, compare Milan’s ready-to-wear style with that of London and Paris: “We are better in terms of fashion, and I’m speaking about clothes, not bags, but we didn’t have the balls to stand up for a longer show week and needed someone to do it for us.”
The designer more productively shows his support for the local industry by allowing an up-and-coming designers to use his show space each season, and by opening his own wallet to contribute. Which is all well and good, but can’t we all just get along?
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