New York’s Fashion Week scaled back to five days

New York’s Fashion Week will last no more
than five days this fall, the Council of Fashion Designers of America
announced Thursday, a move insiders have been urging for years to strengthen
the event.

The women’s shows, which traditionally kicked off on a Wednesday
will this year begin the evening of Friday, September 6 and run through the
evening of Wednesday, September 11.

New York’s Fashion Week has been floundering for several seasons,
with a
number of top designers including Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen, Altuzarra,
Alexander Wang, Thom Brown and Virgil Abloh opting out of the event.

“This effort is not only for US industry and talent but will also
serve as
the change needed to further globalize New York Fashion Week,” the CFDA said
in a statement, also tweeting that its incoming president Tom Ford played a
role in the decision.

“CFDA remains committed to promoting and supporting homegrown talent
positioning New York as a destination for diversity and discovery.”

The change marks the first order of business under American designer
who will officially take up his new post June 1 but is already calling
Ford’s background is a significant departure from that of his predecessor
Diane Von Furstenberg, who chaired the CFDA for 13 years.

Her house “DVF” has called New York home for half a century, while
Ford, a
Texan by birth, worked in Italy and England for a time before settling in
“When I came in they needed a mother,” Von Furstenberg told the trade
publication Business of Fashion. “Now they need a statesman.”
“What I think is great about Tom, a designer that all designers respect
admire, is that he’s a global person.”

Ford, who is credited with reviving Gucci in the early 1990s, had
hinted he would play his man of the world card as much as possible.
“Coming back from Europe, what’s stunning to me was the isolation I feel
here,” he told Business of Fashion.
“What American fashion needs to become in order to be more relevant in
world is to think of itself as not just American but as international.”

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