Is that the face of God we see? After months and months (and months!) of sending belittling memos back and forth across the Atlantic, the four fashion capitals have finally agreed on a solution to the fashion week scheduling crisis — one that involves moving New York and London Fashion Week ahead by a full week.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that in order to accommodate Milan and Paris Fashion Week distaste for moving their own dates, New York and London have agreed to jump up the calendar. Now, instead of starting on Sept. 13, New York Fashion Week will begin on Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 13. London will go from Sept. 14 to Sept. 18, meaning fashion weeks in Milan and Paris will be over by the end of the month, instead of poking into October as they have in years past.
The scheduling drama started last October, when organizers New York Fashion Week organizers tried to move their start date for the Spring 2013 shows back to Sept. 13. This would have meant that no one in American fashion would have to work over Labor Day, but it also would have pushed fashion weeks in London, Milan and Paris back by a week. Milan fought back first, saying that it couldn’t handle losing that much time because its manufacturers wouldn’t be able to produce the orders made during fashion week in time for them to get into stores. Since then, all four cities have been lobbing memos and letters and communiques back and forth at each other, each city waiting for the other to make a concession. And now, two of them have.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s CEO Steven Kolb told WWD that this is a temporary solution he hopes will calm things for now. But at some point, he hopes to find a permanent scheduling fix that will set the approximate starting dates
“We’ve been back and forth on this. People are anxious and need to know the dates. There’s no value for the cities to compete. In the spirit of working together, London and New York are in agreement that we will go in the earlier period, but with the hope that the four cities will come out of this confusion and work together to plan future show weeks. We need to begin to look at the fashion season not as individual fashion weeks, but very much as a global business.”
All true. Let’s just hope Milan and Paris don’t get so comfortable with their temporary dates that they fight for them to be permanent next year.