The fashion world was jolted last weekend when Milan officially announced that their fashion week would overlap with the New York shows next fall. The news comes after New York insisted on showing the second Thursday of September rather than the first Thursday after Labor Day, resulting in a one-week pushback for MFW. While the city is set to duke it out with their fashion capital counterparts (“Let the best one win,” was Italian Chamber of Fashion Mario Boselli’s now-infamous response), a slew of fashion heavy-hitters are doing whatever it takes to change Milan’s mind. The latest effort comes from CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg.
DVF’s open letter to the fashion community explains that the confusion might lie in Milan’s understanding of the calendar system:
“Clearly, year after year, the calendar changes. There are 7 days in the week and every new year the calendar advances 1 day. Some years it will be better for some cities, some years not. That is what is happening in September 2012. I believe our friends in Milan did not understand that. We did not change from the decision when we agreed to start Fashion Season in New York on the same day every year, which is on the second Thursday of February and September. It is the nature of the calendar.”
The designer goes on to stress that the situation is clearly a mistake and that she is “convinced it will be resolved and that the agreement that was made three years ago at great cost and effort is valid and will be kept.” Read the complete letter here.
Obviously, this will be a nightmare for editors and buyers if the overlap remains – and, unfortunately, Milan doesn’t look like they’re budging on their decision. We understand that it’s not going to be an ideal situation for whoever does decide to switch the dates, but we’re hoping someone takes the high road soon.