Italian fashion authorities have more or less agreed to Diane von Furstenberg‘s long-term fashion week scheduling plan, but with two conditions — one of which would shrink New York Fashion Week from eight days to seven.
The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana met at the end of November to consider the CFDA’s proposed solution to the scheduling drama, which would have forced fashion weeks in London and Milan to overlap during the September 2012 presentations. Von Furstenberg suggested moving next year’s September shows back a week, so that they’d fall from Sept. 6 to 13. Everyone at the CFDA agreed to this, provided that the Italian shows agreed to make the second Thursday rule (which stipulates that fashion month starts on the second Thursday of September and February, in New York) a permanent thing.
The Italians seem amenable to that — so long as London gets an extra day in September 2013 and September 2014 to present its menswear collections. But that would mean New York would lose a day in those years, which we’re sure is going to cause some consternation among designers here at home. What’s even more puzzling is that the Italian designers aren’t bargaining for any more time for themselves — in their letter to the CFDA (which you can read in full below), all they seem concerned about is coming up with a resolution.
The Board of Directors of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana met today and, with regard to the issue concerning the future dates of our fashion weeks’ schedules, it unanimously deliberated to:
Confirm the previous schedule for September 2012 with New York fashion week starting on Thursday 6 of September, followed by London, Milan and Paris Agree for the next two years ( September 2013 and September 2014) with the proposal of Diane Von Furstenberg, President of Council of Fashion Designers of America, to start New York Fashion Week on the second Thursday of September, that is to say on September 12th in 2013 and on September 11th in 2014.
This, at the following conditions:
2.a New York’s last day should be on September 18th in 2013 and on September 17th in 2014 in order to allow London an additional day for the presentation of the menswear collections.
2.b. Paris will accept this structure and follow Milan as always, starting on Wednesday 2nd of October in 2013 and on Wednesday 1st in 2014
In case those conditions didn’t happen, the above mentioned solution could not be applied.
Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana is looking forward to receiving a feedback(sic) from New York, London and Paris.
At this point we think London and Milan may be in cahoots — that, or the Italians just want to have the last word. Whatever the case may be, the big winner in all of this seems like it’s going to be London. Even with an extra day, it’ll still be the shortest international fashion week on the calendar.