Designer Roberto Cavalli usually keeps his provocation on the catwalk, but this season took it off the runway and into the mainstream media. During an interview with the Italy’s state t.v. channel Rai2, Cavalli had unexpectedly harsh words for Mario Boselli, President of the Italian Chamber of Fashion. “When we Italian designers started expanding into the Chinese and Japanese markets we would have expected a greater support from the Italian Fashion Chamber. But our Chamber, in reality, doesn’t do anything for us. It is as if it didn’t exist at all,” he said. “Every designer in the Italian fashion system follows her/his own strategy without cooperating with each other. On the contrary, in the US, the fashion industry doesn’t speak much, and despite the fact that their businesses and turnovers are much smaller than ours, they can still cooperate and form an alliance and—when they have to—they know how to group and act together.” Mario Boselli’s reply? “I think Cavalli had nothing else to say for that interview. And that even sounded strange to me since his daughter is part of the board of directors of our Chamber. I think he is wrong because we do a lot for our associates: we organize nine events per year (two Milan fashion weeks for womenswear, two for menswear, plus Milano Moda Showroom, Milan pre-collections and a Milan Design Week, within the yearly Furniture Fair Salone del Mobile). Any other similar association does less than this.”

—Maria Cristina Pavarini