NO SHIFT: So much for Patrizio Bertelli‘s call to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week to January and July from February and September. The Italian Chamber of Fashion ruled out the possibility this week by voting against the idea. In a statement, the chamber said that, “after accurately evaluating pros and cons, a large majority [of the members] has decided not to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week because it believes the current positioning adequately meets the needs of the Italian fashion system, also in relation to the international alliance with Paris.” The chamber said the meeting on Wednesday included representatives from Giorgio Armani, Versace, Marni, Prada, Etro, Gianfranco Ferré, Costume National and La Perla. In November, Bertelli lamented that the women’s shows were too late for business. Bertelli called for a shift in the calendar to January and July from February and September. As reported, the executive said Italian companies frequently were being asked to bring their collections to New York to ease retailers’ travel itineraries and speed the order process. “All the department stores want spring-summer products in the first week of December, or even in the last week of November,” Bertelli said at the time.
TEE TIME IN LONDON: Uniqlo has culled some of the best design talent in London’s East End for a range of limited edition T-shirts. Gareth Pugh, Kim Jones and Carri Mundane, who designs under the label Cassette Playa, have all created designs that will hit Uniqlo stores worldwide on Nov. 1. Mundane — who is anything but, with her white blonde hair and oversize eyeglasses — designed T-shirts with geometric shapes and primary colors. “I think they’re quite Fisher-Price,” said Mundane, a men’s wear designer who has collaborated with Edwin and Nike in the past. Pugh printed his signature black-and-white stars and checkerboard pattern on his Ts. “You’ve got to have a bit of money to buy my collection. But these T-shirts are more accessible, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to offer that,” he said. Jones, who is taking his show to New York this season, splashed his favorite song lyrics from the Eighties band S’Express on his shirts. Masayuki Nagatake, chief executive of Uniqlo U.K., said the Japanese company was “going global” and wanted to be associated with young London designers. The T-shirts will retail for 12.99 pounds, or $26.
SOCCER FEVER: Forget David Beckham in Los Angeles. The Chinese Olympic soccer team is touring Europe this summer and it’s doing so in Italian style. Dolce & Gabbana is providing off-the-field looks for the Chinese athletes. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana selected slim single-button black “Martini” suits, black skinny ties and trim white shirts for a streamlined, modern look. More casual pieces include silver nylon bombers, jeans, Ts and sweaters with satin hoods. The venture follows similar deals with AC Milan and with the Italian National Team, winners of last year’s World Cup. The Chinese players are playing exhibition games in Europe, a surefire warm-up to next year’s games in Beijing.
BIG APPLE BOUND: L’Eclaireur, which runs several cutting-edge fashion stores in Paris (including one with no windows), is crossing the Atlantic. The store, which runs a cafe in its most recent unit, said it would open a 5,000-square-foot address in Plaza Central Park, on New York’s Fifth Avenue. The opening is planned for February.
POLO HEAVEN: British denim brand Made in Heaven is linking up with a quintessentially English fixture this weekend. The brand will set up a Made in Heaven tent — decorated with faded Union Jack flags and apple crates to hold the brand’s wares — at the Cartier International Polo event at Windsor Great Park on Sunday, to launch its Argentina polo jean. While the jean has a higher waist and seams stitched so that it can be worn for riding, Chloe Lonsdale, the line’s designer, predicts most women will instead wear it “to look and feel the part.” The Argentina jean is based on the Jodhpur jean, which was part of the original Made in Heaven denim collection launched in 1969 by Tony O’Gorman, the godfather of Lonsdale, who revived the label in 2005. “[The polo event] really represents the culmination of the English season,” said Lonsdale. “It attracts the type of customer who wore Made in Heaven the first time around as well as today.” The brand also has a hold on the younger end of the English season — its jeans were sold at the Isle of Wight rock festival in June.