According to WWD, first thing yesterday morning, Diane von Furstenberg phoned Marc Jacobs
to plead with him to continue to show in New York. WWD published a story yesterday quoting an angry
Jacobs attacking critics of the late start of his show Monday night and threatening to move his show to Paris.
Furstenberg (president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America) also said she will call on her European counterparts to
make more of a unified effort in scheduling the shows. "I will ask for a special meeting. I think that it’s
imperative," von Furstenberg told WWD. "To come back from Labor Day and
to go right into fashion week — it’s a nightmare."
She also admitted that the timing of this month’s Jewish
holidays is what really unraveled the show dates. Nevertheless, she
insisted international camaraderie will be essential going forward.
The New York schedule being moved up "little
by little" has made it very difficult for designers, especially those
who rely on Italy for fabrics. Most Italian mills shut down in August
for the summer break.
"I understand Marc’s frustration. I just
wanted to call him to beg. I wanted to tell him how important Marc
Jacobs is in the American fashion industry," she said. "At the end of
the conversation, he said if the dates work out so he has things in
time, he will show here. He’s pissed right now. He really isn’t a prima
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