The New York Fashion Week schedule is notoriously grueling: While it doesn't officially kick off until Thursday, many brands have started showing on Wednesday (some even as early as Tuesday), and shows run until the following Thursday. That can mean up to nine straight days of events, shows and parties for the fashion set — and that's all before the long stretch of London, Milan and Paris.
The CFDA has (finally) heard the complaints about the unnecessarily lengthy schedule, and announced today it will be cutting NYFW back by one day. For the Spring 2018 collections, Marc Jacobs will keep his closing slot of NYFW, which will now happen on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m., eliminating the final Thursday. Calvin Klein will open the week on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10 a.m.; Tom Ford will show the same day at 7 p.m. Other shifts are still in process, with the release noting that, "The CFDA is still working on finalizing other shifts throughout the week, doing its best to work with brands to ensure that the calendar is meeting designer needs and maximizing their presence during the week." (No word on how Kanye West plans to mess all that up last minute.)
Considering that NYFW has seen something of an exodus of late, it's a smart move by the CFDA. But the organization will have to do more than just shorten the calendar to bring back NYFW's appeal for the many designers who are opting out.