With Milan Fashion Week organizers claiming their dates for next September won't allow designers to meet production demands, New York's fashion powers are refusing to attend the Italian shows if Milan insists on beginning its Fashion Week during New York's and continuing through London's. Why, it sure does sound like it's time for a strongly worded letter.
In a letter obtained by WWD and addressed to Mario Boselli, head of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse wrote that Vogue editors “like the schedule the way it is presently organized. We at Condé Nast do not want the schedule to be changed. We very much oppose moving the Milan shows earlier so that they overlap or conflict with the London fashion shows — or with the New York fashion shows or those of any market.”
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.”
New York can't move its dates back because we really do not want to have Fashion Week during Labor Day (can't Italy of all nations understand a yearning for leisure time?). But this threat from Condé Nast could make it difficult for Italian designers to show on days that overlap with New York and London. If no Vogue editors are there, the good models won't feel as great a need to go out of their way to be in Milan, and then they'll have to show the clothes on fat, ugly people, which would be terrible!!! And the list of bad possible outcomes goes on.