Resolving what is regarded as one of the biggest fashion feuds, both the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the British Fashion Council (BFC) have agreed to reschedule their show dates.
A statement released jointly by both the fashion councils mention that the organisations remain committed to finding a long term solution that would see a confirmed fashion season where brands and designer businesses in all four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan and Paris) can plan for the long term. When exceptional circumstances arise, there is dialogue and empathy to find a solution that works for all.
The New York Fashion Week show dates have been rescheduled to Sept 6-13 while the London Fashion Week show will be held between Sept. 14 and18.
The scheduling imbroglio started earlier following an announcement by the Milan fashion council that their 2012 event would be rescheduled to overlap with the New York and London Fashion Weeks. The decision sparked protests from fashion powerhouses and several international fashion editors, who announced they would boycott the event.
In response, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, announced that the council would not budge from plans to start the U.S. Fashion Week on the second Thursday of September.
In December, the conflict among the councils of fashion capitals in New York, London and Milan intensified after Paris Fashion Week organizers rejected U.S. designers' new proposal to start its September 2012 shows a day later. The latter refused the request, stating that a change in the dates would delay retail orders, making for less time to organize deliveries.
However, both the BFC and the CFDA have ultimately given their consent to change their 2012 show dates.