Fashion Week Drama – It Never Ends! Now Paris Won’t Back Down!

December 15, 2011 § 3 Comments

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We’ve all read about the battle of fashion week dates from Milan, and recently New York all while Paris has been mysteriously silent. Well, the Chambre Syndicale has decided to speak up!

Milan proposed an agreement for New York stating that they should cut their fashion week by a day so that editors could make it to the London menswear shows. There was one catch – Paris had to agree to these changes.

It turns out that they had their own agenda which rules out Milan’s proposal! The Chambre Syndicale just released their 2013-2014 dates, which sees their spring shows beginning a week earlier than the suggested October 2 date. This just makes everything all the more complicated.

Didier Grumbach, president of the Chambre Syndicale said:

“It was perfectly open and clear and very obvious that our members could not accept this…We fall at the end of the calendar. All of the member houses agreed that this would make them very late in taking orders, which in turn would be penalizing for deliveries. It’s an industrial reason you are a manufacturer, you need your orders early.

Who wants to be penalized? It doesn’t make sense. We have had lots of meetings about pushing Paris show dates earlier as many brands really want that.”

Well CFDA president Diane Von Furstenburg had something to say about that, counteracting:

“I don’t understand why Paris completely and totally just ignored what all of us have worked so hard on. I am speechless.”

It turns out that Mario Bosselli of Milan’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (who started this madness in the first place) was not going to budge, telling WWD:

 “One thing is sure: it’s unthinkable for Milan and Paris to overlap. We were very clear, we tried to find a solution, but we didn’t succeed. We were going to move if Paris was also moving. As Paris is not moving, we won’t either. Perhaps the only way out would be for the Americans to reduce their fashion week to seven days, as nine days is too long, and start a couple of days after Labor Day.”

Will they ever work it out before the Spring 2013 shows? Who knows…

[Source: Fashionista]

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