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04.20.2014
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Fashion Scoops: No Shift... Tee Time In London... Soccer Fever...

So much for Patrizio Bertelli's call to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week to January and July from February and September.

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NO SHIFT: So much for Patrizio Bertelli's call to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week to January and July from February and September. The Italian Chamber of Fashion ruled out the possibility this week by voting against the idea. In a statement, the chamber said that, "after accurately evaluating pros and cons, a large majority [of the members] has decided not to change the dates of Milan Fashion Week because it believes the current positioning adequately meets the needs of the Italian fashion system, also in relation to the international alliance with Paris." The chamber said the meeting on Wednesday included representatives from Giorgio Armani, Versace, Marni, Prada, Etro, Gianfranco Ferré, Costume National and La Perla. In November, Bertelli lamented that the women's shows were too late for business. Bertelli called for a shift in the calendar to January and July from February and September. As reported, the executive said Italian companies frequently were being asked to bring their collections to New York to ease retailers' travel itineraries and speed the order process. "All the department stores want spring-summer products in the first week of December, or even in the last week of November," Bertelli said at the time.

TEE TIME IN LONDON: Uniqlo has culled some of the best design talent in London's East End for a range of limited edition T-shirts. Gareth Pugh, Kim Jones and Carri Mundane, who designs under the label Cassette Playa, have all created designs that will hit Uniqlo stores worldwide on Nov. 1. Mundane — who is anything but, with her white blonde hair and oversize eyeglasses — designed T-shirts with geometric shapes and primary colors. "I think they're quite Fisher-Price," said Mundane, a men's wear designer who has collaborated with Edwin and Nike in the past. Pugh printed his signature black-and-white stars and checkerboard pattern on his Ts. "You've got to have a bit of money to buy my collection. But these T-shirts are more accessible, and it's the first time I've been able to offer that," he said. Jones, who is taking his show to New York this season, splashed his favorite song lyrics from the Eighties band S'Express on his shirts. Masayuki Nagatake, chief executive of Uniqlo U.K., said the Japanese company was "going global" and wanted to be associated with young London designers. The T-shirts will retail for 12.99 pounds, or $26.
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