Screengrab: Federation Francaise de la Couture
Despite assurances last Thursday from Gucci Group’s CEO Robert Polet that Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2010 collection show – scheduled for 9 March at Paris Fashion Week – would go ahead, the Chambre Syndicale (French fashion’s governing body) has taken McQueen’s name off the timetable. Polet spoke to media last week, telling them that McQueen’s final collection would be presented in two invitation-only, private salon shows on Tuesday 9 March and Wednesday 10 March. If that’s the case, why has Alexander McQueen’s show been taken off the schedule? It’s fairly common for high profile shows to be printed on the schedule with the words ‘voir invitation’ (see invitation) replacing an address – presumably to stop non-invitees from attending – but to remove a show altogether, and especially this show, seems like an unusual move.