The latest news in the ongoing spring 2013 fashion week scheduling conflict between the fashion capitals comes from Milan’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, who have been the main instigators in this whole fiasco.
To recap: Milan consciously set their September 2012 fashion week schedule to overlap with New York and London because Labor Day forced New York to push the fashion weeks back a bit and Milan wasn’t down with that. Despite Vogue editors threatening to skip Milan and the CFDA’s attempts to reason with them, Milan stood their ground. A couple of weeks ago, the CFDA, with whom London has been in cahoots from the beginning, issued a proposal agreeing to move their dates back a week on the condition that Milan and Paris agree to the second-Thursday rule for the long term. From WWD:
Should Milan accept the plan, the September 2012 shows in New York would run from Sept. 6 to 13, and London from Sept. 14 to 18. From 2013 onwards, the show seasons would always kick off on the second Thursday of February and September.
Today, Milan responded with their own proposal, which basically conforms to the aforementioned proposal by the CFDA, with a couple of conditions to show that they aren’t just rolling over. Here is their statement via WSJ:
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.
The most contentious part of this is the condition that asks New York to give London the extra day. Previously, London Fashion Week consisted of 5 women’s days and one menswear day, but most editors have been unable to attend London’s menswear day because it conflicted with the first day of Milan, so instead of giving London one of their days, Milan is essentially pushing their problem onto New York, who have already graciously moved their dates back an entire week. It’s always something, isn’t it? We’re looking forward to hearing that feedback as well.