We’re used to covering London, New York, Paris and Milan Fashion Week(s) but now there’s a new kid on the block and it’s a little controversial in some quarters.
Italian fashion legend Roberto Cavalli opened Tel Aviv Fashion Week (well, 3 days) in Israel after a 30 year leave of absence. The flamboyant designer showed off his SS12 collection already seen at Milan.
Cavalli in his element
But why Israel? Well politics aside Milan is twinned with Tel Aviv so the two cities have close ties. Consequently as well as its own Fashion Week, five Israeli designers will be allowed to show off their collections as guests at Milan’s biannual fashion events, according to reports.
There will be two Tel Aviv Fashion Weeks a year, with the next in April 2012. But with high fashion labels and couture huge in the Middle East we’re sure we’ll be seeing more fashion weeks springing up.
Mario Boselli, President of MFW’s organising body, apparently said that he was impressed by the creativity of the Israeli designers and wanted to encourage a new generation of them, while Cavalli reportedly said that Israel is in his heart.
Details of the collection