Mario Boselli, head of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, told WWD that “there is nothing more to add or change” regarding the September 2012 show dates following a letter he received Tuesday from Council of Fashion Designers of America president Diane von Furstenberg and British Fashion Council president Harold Tillman.
“They said they were disappointed we were not honoring the September 2008 agreement,” said Boselli. “I replied that we regret things went this way, but I stated that it is not our fault and that we are not responsible for this turn of events. We will meet to discuss dates for 2013.”
Boselli said he felt it was necessary to also send the letter and his reply to Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.
As reported, Milan on Friday threw down the gauntlet by saying it definitely will hold next fall’s fashion shows Sept. 19 to 25 — which will overlap with both New York and London fashion weeks. The decision immediately elicited protests from the other two cities, although it remains unclear what action they can take. Paris will continue to hold its shows Sept. 25 to Oct. 3.
Italian designers are displeased with the plan of New York officials to start that city’s fashion week on Sept. 13 next year in order to avoid conflict with the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. New York’s shows would end on Sept. 20, with London running Sept. 21 to 25. The shift would put the shows essentially a week later than in recent years. The Italians contend the move is being forced on them by the CFDA.
During the meeting in Milan on Friday, the Camera examined paperwork dated September 2008. “We proved that there was no agreement with the CFDA and the BFC regarding the three years 2012-2013-2014, and that, in any case, the postponement of a week for the dates of September 2012 was not on the table,” said Boselli.
The CFDA and the BFC argue the agreement was long-term and not meant to be reviewed every three years.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast