By  on September 8, 2009

MILAN — A last minute shuffling of slots has thrown fashion week here into a tizzy.

In July, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana compiled a first draft of the schedule, with Dolce & Gabbana down for Sept. 28 (also the day of Yom Kippur) and D&G penned in for Sept. 25.

Late last week, though, an Italian newspaper reported the duo had rescheduled both shows. But their new timing overlapped with the Roberto Cavalli and Krizia shows, stirring the ire of both firms.

As it stands now, the Dolce & Gabbana show is slated for Sept. 27 at 1 p.m., which was Cavalli’s original slot, so the latter is looking to reschedule on Sept. 26, according to a spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, D&G is now scheduled concurrently with Krizia’s 4 p.m. show on Sept. 24.

But Dolce & Gabbana doesn’t want the finger to be pointed at it alone. “We don’t want to enter useless discussions that don’t help the fashion industry because in July, we never communicated any dates for our fashion shows [to the Camera],” said a spokeswoman.

Mario Boselli, president of the Camera, on the other hand, stressed that “everyone was familiar with the schedule in July so what comes as a surprise are the last minute changes.

“No one is happy with the crisis, but I hoped that it would lead everyone to a more responsible behavior. Instead, everyone seems nervous. We will do all we can to try to resolve the problem,” Boselli contended.

Krizia’s Mariuccia Mandelli dismissed any notion of moving her show. “I don’t want to yield to these rude and overbearing designers and to this pointless and stupid, arrogant behavior,” she said, adding that invitations are printed and ready to go. The designer was equally annoyed with the Italian Chamber of Fashion, which she accused of being weak. “I don’t feel protected. Something is really not working here, and there is a sad lack of unity and solidarity between designers.”

Other houses scheduled on Yom Kippur are Fendi and Max Mara. “We are still defining,” said a Fendi spokesman, while Max Mara declined to comment.

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