Fern Mallis Weighs in On Fashion Week Scheduling Debate, Says Helmut Lang is the Reason New York Shows First

By now, most of you are probably sick of familiar with New York and Milan's squabble over Fashion Week dates. While there's no solution in sight--and both sides seem equally stubborn in their position--former CFDA head and founder of New York fashion week Fern Mallis thinks that eventually a compromise will be found. The industry big wig told The Wall Street Journal, "If I put my money on it and guess, I think maybe they will get together and move New York up a few days." And that's not small talk, considering Mallis is still an important consultant for the industry event.
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By now, most of you are probably sick of familiar with New York and Milan's squabble over Fashion Week dates. While there's no solution in sight--and both sides seem equally stubborn in their position--former CFDA head and founder of New York fashion week Fern Mallis thinks that eventually a compromise will be found. The industry big wig told The Wall Street Journal, "If I put my money on it and guess, I think maybe they will get together and move New York up a few days." And that's not small talk, considering Mallis is still an important consultant for the industry event.
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By now, most of you are probably sick of familiar with New York and Milan's squabble over Fashion Week dates. While there's no solution in sight--and both sides seem equally stubborn in their position--former CFDA head and founder of New York fashion week Fern Mallis thinks that eventually a compromise will be found.

The industry big wig told The Wall Street Journal, "If I put my money on it and guess, I think maybe they will get together and move New York up a few days." And that's not small talk, considering Mallis is still an important consultant for the industry event.

Mallis also goes on to confirm what we've suspected for a long time: That when it comes to sorting out a schedule, the fashion capitals are not unlike children fighting over a toy, screaming 'Me first!'. "There's quite a brouhaha about which fashion week comes first," Mallis told the paper. "New York [used to be] last...Talk about a seismic shift. Europe wasn't terribly happy about [New York changing their dates to show first], they loved being able to say they did everything first."

However, despite current tensions running high Mallis said that in the past the four major fashion weeks have been able to come to a compromise, shifting the dates in support of New York on 9/11's one-year anniversary. So who knows? Maybe the same sort of industry comradery could resurface again? Maybe? Please?

Another awesome tidbit in the interview: "New York was last, always until Helmut Lang moved his business from Belgium to America and set up headquarters here. And he said, 'I don't want to show after Europe, I want to show first.'"

Who knew he was such a diva!