The Wall Street Journal blogs today that Milan's front rows are lacking the usual burst of Cate, Kate, and Leo. Here's a fun excerpt of their point:
"Another local Italian actress, Martina Colombari, pushed past to get inside the show as people in the crowd wondered who she thought she was — and who she actually was."
The WSJ blames the imminent Oscar season, saying no celebrity can stretch to Italy and back to LA in time to erase their under eye circles. We can't help but wonder if it's something bigger, a trend that started in Manhattan this month with stars skipping shows because they're too big a hassle. As Rachel Zoe told WWD:
"The paparazzi have become so aggressive that a star can't walk four steps to her seat without cameras going off. The celebrities could be thinking, ‘Why should I go through that?' while the designers think, ‘Why should I disrupt my show?'"
Of course, celebs are used to constant flashes and tabloid craziness, but Fashion Week can get a bit insane - the image at left is a photo I took last season, when I sat a seat away from Hilary Duff at the Zaldy show. Those are the photographers that hovered around her chair.