After CFDA president Diane Von Furstenberg sent out a rather conciliatory open letter earlier this week, saying the whole thing was one big “misunderstanding,” and that she’s “convinced it will be resolved,” Mario Boselli, head of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, has vowed that no compromise will be made when it comes to Milan’s proposed show dates.
“There is nothing more to add or change,” he told WWD. Adding that “we regret things went this way, but…it is not our fault and…we are not responsible for this turn of events.” He might as well have finished his sentence with “Na-na na-na boo-boo.”
Again, the point of contention goes back to a 2008 meeting between the fashion super powers of Milan, Paris, London and New York where, according to the CFDA and the BFC a permanent agreement regarding the cities’ respective fashion week calendars was set. But, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, that agreement was only to last for three years.
In the letter Boselli says his team re-examined the paperwork dated September 2008 and, “proved that there was no agreement with the CFDA and the BFC regarding the three years 2012-2013-2014, and that, in any case, the postponement of a week for the dates of September 2012 was not on the table.”
Staying mum on all of this he-said, she-said is the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, who at this point could be the ultimate decider (and/or mediator) as the group would have been privy to the agreement in question.
However, with neither party budging, it looks like fashion month is indeed going to be a whole lot more chaotic this year.