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At 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana held a press conference at which attendance had been all but mandated weeks in advance. The early, un-Italian hour was no doubt meant to indicate the seriousness of the occasion, as was a lineup of speakers that included Patrizio Bertelli, Diego Della Valle, and Gildo Zegna, all of whom have joined the organization’s new board. Essentially, these captains of one of Italy’s most important and cherished industries have banded together to reinvigorate Milan’s increasingly hidebound fashion weeks. “I’ve heard the word boring,” Zegna acknowledged, though he insisted that wasn’t the case. The speeches were heavy on sweeping statements and light on concrete details, which provoked the assembly of sleep-deprived journalists into a volley of probing questions. Bertelli had earlier compared his fellow board members to “senators of fashion,” and he might have been thinking, Et tu, Suzy? as the International New York Times‘ Suzy Menkes led a round of interrogation into everything from Milan’s inhospitality to young designers to its perceived shortcomings on the digital front. Bertelli is no pushover, and he gave as good as he got. When a French journalist asked why we were only hearing from old men (Angela Missoni was a mostly silent presence on the board today), the Prada CEO told him he’d be a dangerous old man himself if he didn’t change his attitude, and then unexpectedly pointed out that Italy was the first country to abolish slavery, in the 1300s. By the end, one attendee was muttering, “Business as usual,” but if the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem, then today’s announcement should be welcomed as a positive development. Certainly there is enough firepower and entrepreneurial know-how on this new board to solve world peace, let alone bring new energy to a fashion week. Zegna stressed that the process would be a dialogue and said suggestions would be encouraged. In that spirit, here are seven modest proposals for improving Milan fashion week.
1. Lure young, international designers to Milan.
Menkes wondered how Milan would be replacing Burberry and Alexander McQueen, two brands that have recently decamped back to their native London. But the city’s relatively uncrowded schedule could be one of its biggest assets. Given how ridiculously packed the New York and, increasingly, London and Paris schedules have become, you would think any number of hot young brands could be persuaded to believe that they’d have a better chance of standing out in Milan. If access to Italy’s unparalleled production expertise were thrown in as part of the deal, who could resist?
2. Take the show on the road.
The British Fashion Council and, to some extent, the U.S.-based CFDA have done a good job of promoting their designers abroad. As part of the London Showrooms events, a dozen young U.K. talents have even careened around Hong Kong together on a bus. While there are barely enough young Milan-based designers to fill a Smart car let alone a minibus, and its more established designers are already well known internationally, it shouldn’t be too hard to come up with the right kind of touring exhibition. Picture a mix of up-and-comers such as Umit Benan, Andrea Pompilio, and Fausto Puglisi; some cult brands like MP Massimo Piombo and Aspesi; and a couple of designer offshoots like Versace’s Versus line and Lapo Elkann’s highly covetable new made-to-measure collaboration with Gucci—all introduced by a charming, high-profile figure (yes, we’re talking to you, Lapo). That would go some way to showing the rest of the world the extent of Italy’s ambitions. Continue Reading “Seven Suggestions For Improving Milan Fashion Week” »
The Spring ’14 menswear collections are under way in Milan. Before their wares hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our complete collection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.
WHO: Missoni, designed by Angela Missoni
WHEN: Sunday, June 23
WHAT: “This Missoni collection focuses on the use of rich, luxurious yarns and fibers to complement this season’s stitch innovations.”—Angela Missoni. The designer sent us snaps of her Spring ’14 looks and shoes, above.
The new M Missoni Resort collection captured the free spirit of Venice Beach and its surf and skate subcultures. Pieces like a parka and board shorts featuring a cartoonish, street-art-inspired print (with little Ms tucked in throughout) were youthful and sporty, and an easy knit dress with cutout shoulders resembled ripped and frayed indigo. “We played with the California girl’s vibrant and unconventional attitude to fashion,” Angela Missoni told Style.com. Other memorable moments here included a graffitied architectural shift with convertible side pleats as well as signature space-dyed knitwear, which had a scuba-like stretch. With five boutiques in the U.S., and a sixth slated to open in Las Vegas this year, it’s apparent that M Missoni is finally shifting into cruise control.
Ottavio Missoni, who, along with his wife, Rosita, founded the house of Missoni in 1953, died this morning at the age of 92. A man of many talents, Mr. Missoni competed in the 1948 London Olympics as a hurdler before launching his colorful Italian knitwear brand. In fact, that’s how the seeds for the Missoni label were planted—Mr. Missoni designed knit tracksuits for athletes, which were worn by the Italian Olympic team. Mr. Missoni was said to have passed in his home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Angela; his son, Luca; and his grandchildren. His third child, Vittorio, went missing in Venezuela this past January.
The Fall ’13 season is now well under way, and as we follow the shows to Milan and Paris, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Missoni, designed by Angela Missoni
WHEN: Sunday, February 24
WHAT: “The Missoni Winter 2013 woman is a contemporary sophisticate who loves fashion and life without constraints.” —Angela Missoni. The designer sent us a peek at one of her Fall ’13 looks, above.