A few years ago there was controversy about fashion week running over Labor Day and now fashion Jews aren't happy that New York Fashion Week will directly overlap with holiday, Rosh Hashanah. The religious event starts at sunset on September 8th and ends on September 10th - the day Fashion's Night Out begins.
As a result, Israeli designer Yigal Azrouël will only make a quick appearance at his boutique during the Fashion's Night Out festivities and Ivanka Trump (who is married to an Orthodox Jew) has refused to work on during the holiday. "No one would dare ask us to work on Christmas," a Jewish fashionista told The Cut.
Damrosch Park, the new location for New York Fashion Week. Image courtesy of The Cut
Whilst many of us have barely recovered from the long days of the AW10 fashion weeks, the CFDA are planning ahead with their new standards for the coming SS11 shows. Come September, New York Fashion Week is set to coincide with Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah (the holiday that celebrates a new year in the Jewish calendar), and so the council has sent out a memo, promising to be sensitive to Jewish designers who may not want to show over the two-day event.
Alongside the pledge to take Rosh Hashana into account, the CFDA has also requested that all designers stick firmly to their time allocated, as the swapping and changing of one show affects a multitude of others. Should this work, it will save showgoers running all over town in the frantic fashion we are used to, and so along with the suggestion that designers should make use of off-site venues close to the Lincoln Centre, our tired and heel clad feet should have less aches and pains come when arriving for London Fashion Week.