CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg has been fighting hard over the past week to convince Milan to abandon their new show dates for next fall, which conflict with New York and London Fashion Weeks. Despite overtures from the CFDA and the BFA, as well as threats from American Vogue editors to boycott the Italian shows, Milan Fashion Week organizers have aggressively stuck to their guns, no doubt emboldened by the essential advertising dollars that several Italian designers (Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada) provide to British and American publications. Yesterday, Diane von Furstenberg tried once again to smooth things over with an open letter to "the fashion community," in which she blamed the whole scuffle on "a misunderstanding".
Earlier: Milan Refuses to Change Its Show Dates to Avoid Overlapping With New York and London Fashion Weeks
An Open Letter to the Fashion Community From Diane von Furstenberg [WWD]
Battle of the catwalks update: Milan and Paris refuse to budge [Telegraph UK]