17 September 2008

London Fashion Week's future secure

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For days the fashion world has been abuzz with the possibility that London Fashion Week would be squeezed to four days rather than the current six after the CFDA, organisers of New York Fashion Week, announced it would be pushing its schedule a week later from next season. But yesterday, representatives from the four capitals' fashion weeks finally reached a compromise. London will have a five-day slot from September ‘09 and the fashion capitals will work together to ensure the February '09 schedule is coordinated around London's needs. The plan allows New York to move its slot back, satisfying its designers, who were struggling to complete their collections in time, while preventing the London schedule becoming so curtailed that our leading designers have to show elsewhere and new talent misses its chance to show. The compromise will ease some of the outrage felt in the British fashion industry at pressure from New York. Even Sarah Brown got involved, writing to the CFDA on behalf of London Fashion Week and throwing a party on Monday night to celebrate 25 years of British fashion.


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