Italians are displeased with Anna Wintour: they feel it’s her fault that this year’s Milan fashion week will be a compact three days instead of five.
Designers are angry; Milan’s mayor issued an anti-Wintour proclamation (“Nobody, not even if her name is Anna Wintour, can take the liberty to do and undo our fashion calendar”); even the business press is getting in on the outrage. WWD summarizes the opinion of newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore:
“Wintour has been imposing her diktats on the dates of the Milan runway shows for years. […] Made in Italy fashion is a stronger industry than that of its French and American competitors, but when faced by Wintour’s bob and huge sunglasses it transforms itself into Cinderella” – obviously meaning the one sweeping the floor and not the princess sweeping through the ballroom just before midnight.
In response, Wintour told WWD, “I am very much looking forward to going to Italy, as always.”