Unlike Juicy Couture or Zahia Dehar's 'couture' lingerie line, Maison Martin Margiela and Alexis Mabille can now, in good faith, call their couture lines haute couture.
The fashion week scheduling nightmare appears to finally be over, at least for now. September 2012 dates for New York and London have just been confirmed, officially, and both cities have agreed to move their dates earlier. New York Fashion Week will take place September 6-13 and London will follow from 14-18, according to a press release the CFDA and the BFC sent out this morning. WWD reports that Milan's Fashion Shows will take place September 18 through 25 and Paris September 25 through October 2. The news comes following more than three months of back and forth between the four fashion capitals after Milan set their September show dates to conflict directly with New York and London and then couldn't be reasoned with, digging its heels further into the ground as the months wore on. The agreement they seem to have reached is the same one New York and London proposed back in November (which DVF referred to as "biting the bullet"). So then why has it taken this long to confirm?
Thought the fashion month show scheduling nightmare was over? Nope, it just got way more complicated. France's Chambre Syndicale has been weirdly quiet while New York, London, and Milan have been battling over show dates. Until now, that is. They just dropped a bomb that essentially pits New York against the rest of the fashion world. If you'll recall, the latest development seemed hopeful for a scheduling resolution: New York agreed to move its spring show dates back to September 6, 2012, and Milan and London agreed to a subsequent second Thursday of the month New York start date for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. But Milan had two conditions: They wanted New York to cut its fashion week by one day so that editors could make it to London's menswear shows (which are usually eclipsed by the first day of Milan shows), and that all the cities--Paris included--had to agree. Well, Paris doesn't agree.
New Fashion Week calendar shakeups are forcing fashion capitals to battle it out. Earlier this season, reports surfaced that regular fashion week schedule conflicts were causing problems (or "model crises") for London Fashion week, with models not making it to London or being summoned to Milan early. While it seemed London Fashion Week's fate was the least certain, Milan is also now in trouble with Condé editors threatening to skip it altogether because of a broken pact.