Miuccia Prada Talks About the State of Italy’s Fashion Industry

Italian designer Miuccia Prada poses during a press conference announcing the 'Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations' exhibition on February 24, 2012 during the Women's fashion week in Milan.
Miuccia. Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

In an interview with La Repubblica, translated by WWD, the designer says, "With the sale of our luxury labels to foreigners, our entire system risks falling into second league," noting that even her brethren have fled Milan — like Raf Simons, now working in Paris, where "his value will further be emphasized." But she doesn't blame the rosy-cheeked Dior creative director (hey, Miuccia shows her Miu Miu collection in the City of Light). Instead, she calls out the Italian media for considering fashion "frivolous," along with intellectuals and left-leaning politicians, who "remain diffident toward wealth and glamour."