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CFDA Issues Response on Show Dates

The Council of Fashion Designers of America is said to have agreed to move its dates for September 2012 shows to Sept. 6 to 13 to avoid clashing with Milan.

NEW YORK — The fashion capitals could be one step closer to a solution to the show date dilemma.

According to sources, the Council of Fashion Designers of America sent a letter to the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana on Tuesday to respond to the demands made by the Italian organization late last month. The CFDA is said to have agreed to move its dates for September 2012 shows to Sept. 6 to 13 to avoid clashing with Milan, and start on the second Thursday in September 2013 and 2014. But, it rejected Italy’s demand to eliminate the second Thursday of New York Fashion Week — a day that Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Collection are among the headliners.

The Italian fashion body had asked New York to reduce its fashion week by one day to allow an extra day for men’s shows in London.

If Italy accepts this proposal, New York would kick off the 2013 calendar from Sept. 13 to 19, followed by London Sept. 20 to 24, Milan Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, and Paris Oct. 1 to 9.

In 2014, New York would kick the cycle off Sept. 11 to 18, followed by London Sept. 19 to 23, Milan Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, and Paris Sept. 30 to Oct. 8.

The scheduling would not impact the February shows, which will continue to start in New York on the second Thursday of the month.

Initially, the CFDA had proposed setting dates in stone for the foreseeable future but, with this letter, agreed to revisit them after three years. The CFDA also asked the Camera Nazionale to agree to meet at some point in 2013 to jointly discuss the dates after 2014.

The British Fashion Council is said to have sent a separate letter, though details of that letter could not be learned by press time.