Anna Wintour Throws Milan Fashion Week Into Chaos

Posted on February 12, 2010

Photo of Anna Wintour watching a runway show from The September Issue documentary

The Telegraph reports that Milan Fashion Week has been thrown into absolute chaos because of Anna Wintour's request that the top designers move their shows to dates she will be there. Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Fendi all complied, but it has really thrown the schedule into disarray. Italian newspapers are calling her arrogant, and some have suggested it would be better that she skip Milan entirely.

Anna requested the schedule change so she could go to Paris Fashion Week right afterward, then be in Los Angeles in time for the Oscars.

Mario Boselli, the president of the Italian Fashion Chamber, told The Daily Telegraph, "It has bad consequences for many, many people involved in the shows, from stylists to models to hairdressers. It's absolutely crazy. She's welcome in Milan but if she only comes for a fleeting visit, perhaps it would be better is she stayed at home."

Mr. Boselli also told The Telgraph that the same request had been made to Paris Fashion Week, but the French -- being French -- replied with a hearty non!. He noted wistfully that the French "have a bit more spirit" than the Italians.

Anna Wintour was the focus of a 2009 documentary by R.J. Cutler, called The September Issue.
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