Fashion Face Off: Vogue Editors Threaten To Skip Milan Fashion Week

The organizers of New York Fashion Week are about to cause an international crisis, y’all. A scheduling conflict of massive proportions could very well disrupt the already tenuous balance that holds shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris together — and one fashion magazine big wig isn’t helping make the situation any better.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America have scheduled the start of next year’s spring 2013 shows at Lincoln Center to Sept. 13, 2012 because they want to don’t want to force anyone to work over Labor Day weekend. But this means that the other important shows in London, Milan and Paris, which in the past have miraculously not overlapped, would have to be put on hold for at least a week.

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Women’s Wear Daily reports that the Italian designers who show at Milan Fashion Week are not happy about that at all. The Italian Chamber of Fashion complains that if it’s forced to move the Milan shows any later, designers like Gucci‘s Frida Giannini and Max Mara‘s Laura Lusuardi won’t be able to send their orders into production quickly enough to satisfy their buyers. Accordingly, they’ve threatened to show on their own time, which would mean sending their models down the runway at the same time as designers in London.

This has thrown everyone who’s used to being at all four fashion weeks into a tizzy. If the schedule isn’t resolved, some editors might face the arduous task of choosing which weeks they’ll actually go to. But at Conde Nast, which publishes magazines like Vogue, Glamour and W, the decision has already been made. The company’s international chairman Jonathan Newhouse says his editors (Anna Wintour and Franca Sozzani included) will skip Milan if the designers push it earlier in September.

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Newhouse wrote that the editors of Vogue, including those of the American, Italian and French editions, will not attend the Milan shows if there is a conflict with New York or London. “They will not under any circumstances abandon the London or New York shows if the Milan shows are moved earlier,” he stated, voicing his belief that, “the best way to avoid having a problem is to maintain the schedule as it is now.”

Officials in London and Paris tend to agree with Newhouse and the CFDA — British designers can’t reschedule anything because London is hosting the Olympics next year, and they won’t be able to secure any venues in time. Paris can’t push any of its shows back because its designers won’t have enough time to finish their couture shows.

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Milan’s got its back against the wall here, but the Italian Chamber of Fashion says it will make a decision “well before the end of the month.” We have to imagine they’ll come to this decision in a dark, smoke-filled room somewhere, where Miuccia Prada and Stefano Gabbana are swearing like sailors at Domenico Dolce and Dean and Dan Caten. But honestly, what better option do they have than to fall back into line?


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