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CFDA Releases Official New York Fashion Week Calendar for September

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has released the preliminary official New York Fashion Week schedule in partnership with IMG’s NYFW: The Shows.

NYFW will take place from Sept. 9 to 14. Spring Studios will continue to be the central hub for NYFW: The Shows, although NYFW shows will take place all over New York City.

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“One of the strengths of NYFW is the city itself and the way it keeps driving our talents. We will continue to see designers show in unique venues and neighborhoods across New York with a base of shows happening at Spring Studios,” said Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CDFA.

“September demonstrates continued momentum for the CFDA and the important reach that NYFW provides brands. This season includes a noteworthy international roster, returning designers, first-time shows, and our CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists, while reflecting the most diversity in NYFW history,” said Kolb.

NYFW kicks off Sept. 9 with Proenza’s Schouler’s show at 4 p.m. and wraps up Sept. 14 with Tom Ford’s show at 8 p.m.

The preliminary schedule features more than 109 confirmed designers, including such returning brands as Altuzarra, Barragan, Batsheva, Brandon Maxwell, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Coach, Deveaux New York, Dion Lee, Eckhaus Latta, Gabriela Hearst, Interior, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai, Khaite, Kim Sui, LaQuan Smith, Luar, Maisie Wilen, Markarian, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Michael Kors, Peter Do, Prabal Gurung, Sergio Hudson, Studio 189, Theophilio, Tory Burch, Victor Glemaud, and Willy Chavarria.

Tommy Hilfiger, Area and Puma are returning to NYFW after a hiatus.

As reported, Hilfiger is showing Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Skyline Drive-In in Brooklyn and in a parallel metaverse activation. Area is Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. and Puma is Sept. 13 at 9 p.m.,

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Remembering the Battle of Versailles Fashion Show

As far as fashion lore goes, the 1973 “Battle of Versailles” — the showdown between a handful of American designers and their European counterparts — stands the test of time.

Participants Pat Cleveland, Bethann Hardison and Chris Royer served up some savory details about that monumental fashion event Wednesday during a discussion led by The Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the event doubled as a reminder of the Tom Ford-orchestrated Battle of Versailles gallery that is now on view at the Upper East Side museum in “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” through Sept. 5.

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Explaining how the extravaganza at the Palace of Versailles transpired, Givhan said Versailles’ curator had asked his publicist friend Eleanor Lambert about how to raise some money in an effort to support French institutions, and she suggested putting five great fashion designers against five American ones — all of whom happened to be her clients. Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Hubert de Givenchy and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior faced off against Bill Blass, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein and Stephen Burrows. The Americans used pre-recorded music, a spare set and “sleek, easy and unencumbered” clothes and models, “who moved with distinction and personality,” Givhan said. “What began as an international party and a publicity stunt was soon hyped into a battle by the media, and the Americans were victorious in that battle. They won over the crowd and their colleagues.”

Hardison, a model and associate of Burrows at that time, recalled how models then inspired fashion designers and were muses. There was also diversity with models and designers of all different types of backgrounds, she said.

Speaking to Cleveland about her signature runway style, Givhan said, “No one could

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