London, England (CNS) – London Fashion Week had a near miss, as the city almost lost their fashion week. Lucky for the city, representatives from New York, London, Milan and Paris reached a deal that will save the events.
The British Fashion Council said that officials from all of the cities came to an agreement on Tuesday that would let New York stage its fashion week a bit later than originally planned, which would shave one day off the London events. It still guarantees the British capital a five-day slot to hold events.
Fashion heads are celebrating the agreement, even though London was originally concerned that New York’s move of dates would threaten its existence.
The city feared that the week would be cut back to four days and that British designers such as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood would go directly from New York to Milan, which comes after the London week.
BFC chairman Harold Tillman said, “With five days now secured from September 2009, the British Fashion Council looks forward to developing a stronger and more impactful London Fashion Week.”
He also claimed that all of the fashion capitals were “united by one aim and one global industry. We recognize and respect each other’s cities strengths and will continue to collaborate to protect and grow our industry.”
According to the council, London’s Fashion Week brings 20 million pounds into London’s economy and attracts nearly 5,000 buyers, journalists and designers from around the globe.
The details of the contract have yet to be released, as designers from all of the fashion capitals still need to give their approval for the agreement.