CFDA Won't Shorten New York Fashion Week for Milan
Dec 07, 2011 - by Lester Brathwaite
Diane von Furstenberg and co. are standing their ground. Last week the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana accepted the Council of Fashion Designers of America's attempt at compromise -- moving New York's shows next September in exchange for Milan accepting the second Thursday rule -- but only if the CFDA cut the last day of New York Fashion Week. Well, turns out that last day has some big names attached -- Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection, specifically -- so the CFDA said "no dice" in a letter to the Camera on Tuesday.
So this whole shebang is getting all kinds of complicated so here's a quick run-down:
New York, London, Milan and Paris had agreed -- at least in the minds of New York and London -- to always and forever start the fashion show calendar on the second Thursday of February and September way back in 2008. Milan and Paris claimed they had agreed to no such thing.
In accordance with this -- the "second Thursday rule" -- NYFW would start on September 13, thus moving everyone else back one week. Milan said, "Not cool, bro" and threatened to decide its own dates and Condé Nast threatened a boycott by all Vogue editors.
Milan said "Screw you guys, bring it on," by deciding to keep their original dates, September 19-25, thus conflicting with both New York and London, prompting DVF to ask, "Can't we all just get along?"
Then New York said, "Fine, you win" and offered to move the dates of the September 2012 shows, to Septembr 6 (the first Thursday) through September 13.
Milan said, "Damn right we win," then decided to throw its weight around by stipulating that New York had to cut out the September 13 date to accommodate London's men's collections. And New York said, "Fuggedaboutit."
Which more or less brings us up to speed. So the CFDA is waiting to hear if the Camera Nazionale accepts this latest development. As for the second Thursday rule, the CFDA proposed revisiting it after three years and meeting with the Camera in 2013 to discuss the 2014 show dates.
Still confused? Don't blame you. Which is why they should just settle this with a good old-fashioned walk-off like civilized people. [WWD]