By  on December 21, 2011

Remember when dates were what you wanted on Saturday nights?

In fashion, the dates now mean one thing. Wherever two or more industry people are gathered, it’s likely that, sooner or later, the divisive topic of show dates, specifically the disputed terms of the “second-Thursday agreement” that has for the last three years determined when the shows start and end in New York, London, Milan and Paris, will be in hot debate.

After months of talks, there’s still no solution. Organizers in the first three cities thought détente had been achieved. That fell apart last week when the Chambre Syndicale sent formal notification that its members voted unanimously to stick to their previously determined dates for 2013 and 2014. That prompted Diane von Furstenberg to send Didier Grumbach and Mario Boselli a letter in which she made the essential point that New York, London, Milan and Paris are not four separate, independent entities but one long fashion train with four stops. The organizers of those cities must work together, she wrote, and “we all must be unified.”


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