Giorgio Armani is standing his ground. “Nothing has changed, and I am not joining the Camera,” said the designer after his Emporio Armani show on Monday. “It’s too easy to talk. I want more facts and less words.” A new board of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, which includes entrepreneurs such as Patrizio Bertelli, Diego Della Valle and Gildo Zegna, has been working on relaunching Milan Fashion Week, urging Armani and Dolce & Gabbana to become members of the association. Armani has responded that he would accept only on the condition that every Italian brand show in Milan.
Speaking to a group of reporters at his show theater, Armani touted Milan’s ready-to-wear fashion, comparing it with that of London and Paris. “We are better in terms of fashion, and I’m speaking about clothes, not bags, but we didn’t have the balls to stand up for a longer show week and needed someone to do it for us,” he said. “When the papers talk about somebody [Italian] showing in Paris, it doesn’t sit well with me. Why should we bring luster to other markets?”
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