MILAN: Is the devil still wearing Prada? Has King Giorgio (Armani) still got the regal touch? And how are the pretenders to his throne shaping up? As the global fashion circus swings into Milan on Wednesday, the answers to these and some other pressing issues should be a little clearer by the weekend.
Global hemlines up or down? The trend is supposed to be a predictor of which way stocks are headed and there was a time when the only place to get a definitive answer to that question was Milan.
But, like its soccer teams, AC and Inter, Italy’s economic epicenter is no longer quite the market-moving force it once was, when it comes to if-you-have-to-ask-the-price-you-can’t-afford-it clothing.
The world of high fashion has moved on, globalized and diversified and the competition has never been more ferocious.
New York is punching harder than ever on the back of a Stateside economic recovery that so far has eluded Italy and the rest of the euro zone.
London has ditched quirky-bizarre in favor of quirky-commercial and Paris is, well, Paris.
So there is a feeling among insiders that Milan has something to prove this week as the cream of Italian creativity presents its vision of what well-heeled women the world over should be wearing through the spring and summer of 2015.