London Fashion Week moves to avoid threat from New York and Milan

Dates for the autumn London and New York Fashion Weeks have changed in order to avoid a schedule conflict that had threatened to pit one fashion capital against another.

NYFW will now take place from 6 September until 13 September this year while London will immediately follow from 14 September to 18 September.

Moving LFW one week earlier than normal will help to avoid a clash with Milan Fashion Week which kicks off on 19 September.

A statement from the British Fashion Council said:

“Both committees remain committed to finding a long term solution that would see a confirmed Fashion Season where brands and designer businesses in all four fashion capitals (New York, London, Milan and Paris), can plan for the long term and when exceptional circumstances arise there is dialogue and empathy to find a solution that works for all.”

Steven Kolb of the Council of Fashion Designers of America added: “We’ve been back and forth on this. People are anxious and need to know the dates. There’s no value for the cities to compete.

“In the spirit of working together, London and New York are in agreement that we will go in the earlier period, but with the hope that the four cities will come out of this confusion and work together to plan future show weeks.

“We need to begin to look at the fashion season not as individual fashion weeks, but very much as a global business.”