CFDA Refuses Milan's Proposal to Cancel Final Day of NYFW Schedule
A model presents a creation as part of the Philipp Plein Spring/Summer 2012 women's collection during Milan Fashion Week September 24, 2011. Reuters

The ongoing feud between two fashion powerhouses - the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the Camera Nationale dell Moda Italiana - continues, with the former rejecting a request by the Italian fashion council to cancel the final day of the 2012 New York Fashion Week.

The Camera Nationale dell Moda Italiana made the request to the CFDA, citing the possible clash of the 2012 Milan Fashion Week with the London Fashion Week's Men's Day. With a strong lineup of designer collections, ranging from the likes of Calvin Klein to Ralph Lauren during the final day, the CFDA has firmly decided against sacrificing any of its allotted eight days.

However, the organization has agreed, after weeks of negotiations, to shift its September dates by a week (Sept. 6 - 13) and also start on the second Thursday of September for both 2013 and 2014.

The world's four leading global fashion week organizers, the CFDA, the British Fashion Council (BFC), the Chambre Syndicale and the della Moda, met and agreed, in 2008, to what is now informally called the Second Thursday rule, which states that the New York Fashion Week would always start on the second Thursday of February and September.

The dates for showing the Spring/Summer 2013 Collections are now being disputed. Milan is claiming that the agreement was for three years only. This is not the case; the agreed-to schedule was always meant to be a long-term/permanent one, a statement by the CFDA mentions.

The British Fashion Council, on the other hand, states that the main priority is to find stability and an agreement to ensure the focus can be on our designers and their collections in time for fashion week in February.