Milan has committed to messing up next year's Fashion Month schedule and it looks like there's no going back. The Milan Chamber of Fashion has just voted on the Spring 2013 schedule, and designers unanimously agreed to an Italian fashion week that will overlap with shows in London and New York. Even though Conde Nast International's Jonathan Newhouse promised that the publisher's fashion editors would opt for London and New York-based shows if there was any kind of conflict with the catwalks in Milan, the Italian fashion community is taking its chances.
I'm not sure if I'd rather they acquiesce to the pressure or go ahead and face-off against their English-speaking counterparts. On one hand, I don't know if Fashion Land could bear the load of simultaneous Fashion Weeks: there's only so much time in the day, and those of us responsible for paying attention to the runways need to sleep, eat, and sometimes take bathroom breaks. On the other hand, Fashion Month occupies an entire month, twice a year. It's just toooo loooong. New York is exhausting on its own, but topped off with back-to-back shows in London, Milan, and Paris, it's a wonder people are still standing, much less getting dressed, by October.
So, there's really no way to win except to stop caring. Have you stopped caring yet?
Yep, me neither.
Photo courtesy of IMAXtree; the Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2012 runway