The Council of Fashion Designers of America doesn’t want to compromise its own designers to find a solution to the international fashion week scheduling conflict. Which is why it has rejected a proposal from the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana that would shorten New York Fashion Week by one day.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that the CFDA is still willing to move its September 2012 shows ahead by one week (from Sept. 6 to 13) to avoid clashing with fashion weeks in Milan and London, so long as every year after that would see fashion week starting on the second Thursday in September and February. Last month, the Italian fashion authorities said they would agree to the second Thursday rule, so long as New York shortened its September shows in 2013 and 2014 by one day to allow London Fashion Week extra time to present its menswear collections.
In a letter to its Italian counterparts, the CFDA has said it won’t comply with the shortening. New York Fashion Week gets eight full days of shows packed back-to-back, and the last day is always reserved for the big hitters: Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren always show on the very last day of the week. Ultimately, this version of the solution isn’t really any different from the one the CFDA proposed in November, which must mean the organization is tired of giving up ground.
This rejection is just the latest in a series of international volleys between New York, Milan, Paris and London which started in October when New York tried to push the start of its September 2012 shows to the Sept. 13th, so as to avoid making people work over Labor Day. When Milan said it wouldn’t move its shows back for New York, the fashion calendar was threatened with having two fashion weeks (in London and Milan) running simultaneously. Since then, fashion designers of all stripes have weighed in on the matter, but no one has come up with a solution that sticks.
Here’s hoping Milan will be willing to compromise on New York Fashion Week’s extra day. Otherwise, we don’t know where these negotiations are going to go next.