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Milan 'consents to Fashion Week conditions'

An agreement over the Spring/Summer Fashion Week schedule appears close.

Over the last few months New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion bodies have been arguing over when the biannual showcase events should take place.

The problems started after New York was forced to push back dates due to an American public holiday. Milan was unhappy, and set their week to clash with New York and London. It caused controversy; with many fashion editors threatening to skip Milan as it was alleged Milan Fashion Week was not paying London enough attention.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) then suggested, via their president Diane von Furstenberg, rearranging dates to help out Milan. This was as long as Milan agreed to the usual way of things - New York Fashion Week starting on the second Thursday of September and February - from then on.

Milan - via The Board of Directors of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana - have issued a statement which is apparently in agreement to the proposals. They agree New York should start on September 6 next year, and on the second Thursday of the month from 2013 onwards.

"This, at the following conditions: 2.a New York's last day should be on September 18th in 2013 and on September 17th in 2014 in order to allow London an additional day for the presentation of the menswear collections," the statement reads.

"2.b. Paris will accept this structure and follow Milan as always, starting on Wednesday 2nd of October in 2013 and on Wednesday 1st in 2014."

The main issue is that London receives an extra day to show menswear, as before that day has clashed with Milan meaning many editors can't stay for it.

Milan is asking for New York to provide the additional time from its schedule, but it remains unknown whether American fashion bigwigs will agree to it.

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