Rosh Hashanah begins tonight at sundown and coincides with New York Fashion Week. This highly celebrated holiday marks the Jewish New Year and is stressing out many of the designers who want to make sure their front-row seats are filled. Many Jewish fashion industry insiders are also stressed because they are being forced to choose between Rosh Hashanah and fashion’s biggest week in the country.
Although changing the dates of fashion week seemed like a logical solution that would accommodate everyone, executive director, Steven Kolb and council president, Diane Von Furstenberg, were not able to find any viable options. An earlier date would coincide with the Labor Day holiday and a later one would conflict with European shows. They were able to accommodate two design companies headed by Jews, Yigal Azrouel and BCBG Max Azria, by moving them to a different day.
As Tim Gunn of Bravo’s Project Runway says, “You make it work.” And they will.