The Telegraph reports
that Milan Fashion Week has been thrown into absolute chaos because of Anna Wintour's request that the top designers move their shows to dates she will be there. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Fendi all complied, but it has really thrown the schedule into disarray. Italian newspapers are calling her arrogant, and some have suggested it would be better that she skip Milan entirely.
Anna requested the schedule change so she could go to Paris Fashion Week right afterward, then be in Los Angeles in time for the Oscars.
Milan's world famous fashion festival lasts from Feb 24 until March 2. Now the most important haute couture houses are reorganising their shows to coincide with her visit, from Feb 26-28.
Her decision has left fashionistas in a panic and prompted accusations of arrogance.
"Anna Wintour, the woman who holds Italian fashion in the palm of her hand," ran a headline in Corriere della Sera, the country's most respected broadsheet.
"She wants designers to schedule their shows during these three days," said Mario Boselli, the president of the Italian Fashion Chamber.
He told The Daily Telegraph: "It has bad consequences for many, many people involved in the shows, from stylists to models to hairdressers. It's absolutely crazy.
"She's welcome in Milan but if she only comes for a fleeting visit, perhaps it would be better is she stayed at home."
Mr. Boselli told The Telgraph
that the same request had been made to Paris Fashion Week, but the French -- being French -- replied with a hearty non
!. He noted wistfully that the French "have a bit more spirit" than the Italians.