Catwalk Clash: Milan makes a proposal for 2013 show dates
Milan's fashion council accept Diane von Furstenberg's solution to the clashing catwalk dates.
The Camera Nazionale della Moda, the board in control of Milan Fashion Week , have proposed a solution to the ongoing crisis regarding clashing Fashion Week dates, starting next September.
Having formerly insisted that they would only accept an earlier slot in the Fashion Week timetable, due to the later dates put to them clashing with their manufacturing timetable, they have now accepted a proposal put forward in October by the president of the Council of Fashion designers of America, designer Diane von Furstenberg.
Under those guidelines, New York Fashion Week will start on the second Thursday of September, as is the norm, but the last day would have to be dropped altogether, in order to give London a six-day window of shows. NYFW's only other stipulation is that the Parisian fashion council, the Fédération Française de la Mode, agrees entirely with the schedule, which would see Paris Fashion Week starting on October 2 in 2013 and October 1 in 2014 - later than it currently starts. If those conditions were not accepted, Camera Moda then said they would withdraw their offer completely.
The British Fashion Council spoke out yesterday to confirm their receipt of the proposal, telling WWD : "We will discuss this proposal directly with our counterparts at CNMI, CFDA and Fédération Française de la Mode. Our priority is to find stability and an agreement to ensure the focus can be on our designers and their collection in time for fashion week in February."
The proposal, however, does not clear up the impending problem of the spring/summer 2013 fashion weeks, for which Milan have insisted on holding their shows during the earlier dates of September 19-25, potentially eclipsing the second half of London Fashion Week .