Flight Freeze! Fashionistas’ Dramz.

20 April 2010

It’s Day Six of Volcano Week, and fashionistas have already been caught up in the dramas and chaos of flight cancellations.
 
Giles Deacon, in Milan for the annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair, scrambled like Bruce Willis in Die Hard to get to the city’s Central Station when news of the volcano first broke on Thursday evening. The station was already packed with panicking travelers, so the intrepid Deacon nabbed one of the few remaining rental cars (plus driver, natch) and sped across France to leap on to Eurostar, for what turned up out to be a laborious 21 hour train journey back to the UK.
 
Meanwhile, Ralph Lauren, who opened his largest Polo Ralph Lauren store in Paris last week, and also picked up a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur [French knighthood], is still stranded in the French capital, along with about 40 American staffers (our advice? Visit that store this week, where the ratio of sales staff to shoppers will make customer service second to none….)
 
Giorgio Armani has had to postpone tomorrow night’s launch of his first hotel in Dubai, which was to include a fashion show and party hosted by Giorgio himself. The plans have now been shifted until later this month.
 
Madge’s boyf Jesus Luz is trapped at Barcelona airport, and has been tweeting suitably moody male model pics of himself stranded in the departure lounge staring at the endless columns of cancellations on the flight announcement boards. Even Madonnair (come on, surely Madge has her own plane?) can’t save you now…
 
Naturally, the flight freeze is also causing problems with international shipments for online fashion stores like Net-a-porter.com, which has reported delays in deliveries to Europe of one to three business days, and delays of up to five business days for shipments to the rest of the world. It’s one thing to be separated from your loved ones, but being separated from that new T by Alexander Wang maxi dress when the weather is this great is just cruel.
 
And in London, where the Grazia girls were looking forward to seeing Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini, who was due to fly in today to open her new pop-up trainer store, there is subdued sulking, as it now looks like Frida may be the latest victim of the flight freeze. A Gucci spokeswoman tells us, somewhat mysteriously “we’re looking into different options of getting Frida to London…” which has us hoping that the foxy Gucci girl may yet appear, immaculate in her own skinny white leather pants and high visibility Aztec print tops, having ridden over on the back of a motorbike… [WWD / CocoPerez]


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