Well, this is uncomfortable. The Italian Chamber of Fashion said today it will not reschedule Milan Fashion Week for the spring 2013 season, even though a scheduling conflict means it will overlap with the spring shows in both New York and London.
Women’s Wear Daily reports the chamber, which counts Miuccia Prada, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana among its members, will host its shows from Sept. 19 to 25. New York Fashion Week will run from Sept. 13 to 20, and London will go from Sept. 21 to 25. Members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America decided to push the week after Labor Day, and say organizers of the biggest international fashion weeks agreed to the shift.
Still, Italian designers are holding firm on showing when they want to show, not what they see as convenient for everyone else. Even if it means that some editors might not get to attend shows from the likes of Armani, Cavalli and Gucci — largely regarded as some of the best in the business.
“Let the best one win,” Mario Boselli, head of the Chamber, told WWD. “Italian designers unanimously agreed on the schedule, from the smallest brand to the biggest. They showed great solidarity and Italian pride.”
It’s good to be proud of your work. But we’ll have to wait and see just how much that pride will cost.