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?
Looks like New York will be the first to cave in the stand off over the international fashion week schedule. CFDA pres Diane von Furstenberg has acquiesced to stick-in-the mud Mario Boselli, the president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda in Milan, saying New York will "bite the bullet" and move its dates earlier in exchange for a formal agreement going forward, the New York Times is reporting. “We have to protect the industry,” she said. “To give jobs is the No. 1 responsibility for anyone today, and that’s what we have to realize.”
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.