CAVALLI KVETCHES: Roberto Cavalli attacked the Camera Nazionale della Moda this week in a post titled “The uselessness of the Camera Nazionale della Moda,” published on his blog. The designer accused the Italian Fashion Chamber of not taking care of the interests of its members equally, abiding by the demands of personalities including Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. “Camera Nazionale della Moda limits itself to scheduling fashion shows, twice a year,” wrote Cavalli. “The Cavalli maison has always been a member of the fashion chamber. I think that Armani is a member, too, but his every choice is perceived as an order! Dolce & Gabbana are not members but they don’t care about others and pursue their own interests as if they were the only fashion house in Italy. Other relevant Italian brands are owned by French companies and, as usual, Italians pull out the red carpet for foreigners. The Camera Nazionale della Moda supports only big names, giving small companies what’s left.”
Cavalli’s discontent is due to the final schedule of the Milan women’s shows, which kick off on Sept. 19.
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On the show calendar, Cavalli is the biggest name on Monday, the last day of Milan fashion week. In the past, Armani closed fashion week, but this season he moved his show to Sunday, when he will also unveil an exhibition in the evening.
“As usual, the Camera Nazionale della Moda is washing its hands of the situation and it will not go against the wishes of ‘Little King’ Armani, and therefore the problems are mine alone. What can I do? Do I stay the final day, running the risk that some foreign journalists will forego my show, or should I overlap with smaller fry, smaller brands, acting as some of my colleagues do?” Cavalli wrote.
The resentment against Dolce and Gabbana dates back to a few years ago, when the duo, opting out of inclusion in the Camera della Moda calendar, independently scheduled their show on Sunday, overlapping with Cavalli, who was forced to move his show to the following day.
“I dispute what Roberto Cavalli wrote on his blog,” said Camera della Moda president Mario Boselli. “If he says that the Italian Fashion Chamber only schedules the shows, it means that he completely overlooks our numerous activities also on international scene, where we are well respected.”