CALENDAR CLASH: The first day of Milan Fashion Week on Sept. 23 coincides with Yom Kippur and Gucci is slated for that day. According to sources, several observant editors and retailers are expected to skip the show, which will be creative director Alessandro Michele’s third women’s effort after fall 2015 and resort 2016.
While Gucci had no comment, observers in the Italian fashion capital wondered whether there was a way to avoid the overlap.
“This goes way back as Yom Kippur generally falls during one of the fashion week legs and this time it’s Milan’s turn,” said Mario Boselli, honorary chairman of the Italian Chamber of Fashion. “Since the international calendars are set years in advance, and it was impossible to make any changes, I suggested to the chamber that only runway shows should be held that day, refraining from any events or parties. It is thus left to the sensibility of each member.”