MILAN — While staying firm on the September 2012 dates, Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda has come up with its own plan for show dates after that.
Following a board meeting on Wednesday, Italy’s chamber said it accepted the proposal put forward in October by Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, to begin New York Fashion Week on the second Thursday in September, starting in 2013. But the chamber made two conditions: First, New York would have to shed its last day, so that London can have an extra day to present its men’s wear collections, and, second, Paris would have to agree with the schedule. It would mean that Paris, as always, would have to go after Milan and its shows wouldn’t start until Oct. 2 in 2013 and Oct. 1 in 2014, slightly later than currently.
With that, the Italian chamber dug in its heels, saying that if the conditions aren’t accepted, it will take back its offer.
Steven Kolb, CFDA chief executive officer, confirmed receipt of the letter and said that it is currently being reviewed.
A spokesperson for the British Fashion Council said, “We have just received an official letter from the Camera Nazionale Della Moda Italiana following their board meeting earlier today. We will discuss this proposal directly with our counterparts at CNMI, CFDA and Federation Française de la Mode. Our 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.”
On Wednesday, Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, said for Paris “nothing has changed for 2012” and that members of the French association would meet in December to talk about dates for Paris Fashion Week in 2013 and 2014.
As previously agreed, the chamber confirmed it will hold next fall’s fashion shows in Milan Sept. 19 to 25.