London Fashion Week, 16-20 September, was plunged into crisis as many of its models cancelled their appearances on the London catwalk at the last minute in order to win the more high-profile contract of modelling for Gucci in Milan Fashion Week, 21-27 September.

Displaying its Spring/Summer 2012 collection, Gucci was the first big act in Milan's fashion week. The leading fashion house, currently celebrating its 90th anniversary, scheduled a casting on 17 September which caused many of London