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When Fashion Week and Awards Show Dates Clash

If New York Fashion Week moves up one week in September 2012 -- what does this mean for Hollywood?

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The dates of the Golden Globe Awards -- around mid January -- often conflict with the Paris couture fashion shows, in mid January. This makes it hard for celebs to travel to couture shows -- and even worse -- to wear the newest couture gowns to the Golden Globes. Now, that is a hardship.

And the dates of Milan and Paris fall ready to wear fashion weeks -- traditionally mid to late February -- are right around the Oscars -- which make it hard for designers to have time to make the newest gowns for nominees.

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But wait -- it might get worse! New York Fashion week for spring 2013 - which should be the first to second week of September 2012 -- might  get pushed up a week -- before the Emmys!!! Holy fashion chaos, Batman!!!

There are 52 weeks in the year, so why do some many fashion runway shows have to be booked right opposite Hollywood awards shows -- which are the biggest fashion events anywhere? Well, award season events are spaced an appropriate amount of time apart, as are the four weeks of fall and spring fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. These schedules always seem to be set in stone, and have to be, as people make very long range plans about these things.

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Well, now the head of Milan fashion week -- which always follows New York and London -- has moved up Milan in September 2012. As a result, Diane von Furstenberg, the head of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, has a problem -- New York and London will now overlap in September. Which means New York will have to go even earlier. And what this means for the Emmys -- or for the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, to which actresses wear the newest designer gowns -- remains to be seen. But right now, even DVF admits, it's a very big headache.

And no one wants to wear a gown that's out of season. Which means -- current season, in fashion world terms.

What do you think?

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