CLASH OF THE TITANS: As itinerant fashion shows proliferate, does the industry need the equivalent of air-traffic control?

It just might, given a scheduling snafu that has two of the industry’s biggest power players — Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld — on a calendar collision course. The two are mounting separate mega events on opposite sides of the globe on the same day: The Costume Institute gala in New York and Chanel’s cruise show in Seoul, both slated for May 4. Peripatetic models and editors are sure to be conflicted.

This story first appeared in the January 28, 2015 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

According to sources, Chanel had been eyeing May 11 for its South Korean fashion sojourn at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, or DDP, a futuristic development designed by architect Zaha Hadid. But when Dior said that it would stage its cruise show May 9 in Los Angeles, Chanel was obliged to move a week forward, given the distances involved.

The Costume Institute gala, a key event in New York’s social calendar, is held three days ahead of the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center exhibition — “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

Wintour, editor in chief of American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, has organized the annual fund-raising gala dinner since 1995 and last year, the museum named the Costume Center after her.

Asked about the overlap at Dior’s couture show on Monday, Wintour deferred comment to the museum. However, officials at the Met, closed due to the blizzard in New York, were not immediately available for comment.

For its part, Chanel acknowledged that scheduling its cruise show was “extremely difficult” this year. “We had committed to bringing our cruise collection to our Korean clients and May 4 was the only possible date,” the French house said, adding, “Chanel is very much dedicated to supporting the Anna Wintour Costume Institute Benefit this year as we always have. We greatly respect the incredible contributions Anna Wintour and The Metropolitan Museum of Art have made toward the preservation, education and celebration of the art of fashion, and are proud to be a supporter of this important institution.”

Look out for an additional wrinkle: Word has it Louis Vuitton is planning to take its cruise show on the road, but has yet to confirm its final destination, or date.

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