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As a whole, International Herald Tribune fashion editor Suzy Menkes' latest piece--on why Milan Fashion Week is often overlooked by the fashion indust
MILAN--Before I get into my morning adventure, let me explain the fashion bus. At pretty much every fashion week other than New York, there is a bus that those who don't hire a private car can take from show to show. In general you need to have registered with whomever runs the fashion week to be able to use this service, but it's common knowledge that they're pretty loose with this rule. In London, I use the fashion bus now and again. In Paris and Milan I rarely take it, mostly because every time I have I've been late to the next show. But this morning after leaving Bottega Veneta, I was in a bind. We were in the middle of nowhere, without an available taxi in site. I saw a sign for the bus and decided to wait in line. Soon enough it pulled up, with several empty buses behind it. Unfortunately, only about five people were allowed to board. Why? Because the rest of us--I'd say about 10 people in total--didn't have our Milan Fashion Week passes. (Some claimed that they had forgotten theirs--I simply kept silent, because I hadn't registered officially.) But the Camera Moda attendants wouldn't budge. No one was going to be allowed access without a badge. (Camera Moda is the organization that puts together MFW.) Usually at this point I would have scooted off, but then things started to get good, so I decided to stick around to see what would happen.