The CFDA has led two meetings in as many months to discuss the likelihood of adding a men's week back onto New York's fashion calendar, WWD writes. From 1995 to 2000, menswear shows were held in conjunction with 7th on Sixth (the old-school CFDA), when designers either presented coed collections at women's Fashion Week in Bryant Park or decamped to Milan and Paris. Those trying to bring back the tradition include Steven Kolb, current CEO of the Council, Tom Florio of Advanstar Fashion Group, GQ creative director Jim Moore, and PR and production agency KCD. Kolb told WWD, "It's the right people having the right conversations ... We're looking at the business model, what the dates could be and whether it will attract the right numbers and level of designers and audience. There seems to be a real desire to map it out." In fact, New York men's fashion week could happen as soon as this summer or early next year.
But before you get too excited, let's hear from 2011 Kolb, in a WWD article titled "As Milestone Nears, Group Plots Growth Era":
There has also been much talk in recent seasons of adding a New York Men's Fashion Week. Kolb said that although it seems less feasible, perhaps, to start a whole men's fashion week unto itself, the CFDA continues to increase its focus on the city's men's wear industry, from alternative ways to promote men's wear designers to supporting American designers showing in Europe.
And the year before, in a story called "Only in New York: Men's Runway Shows Get Short Shrift," American designers, such as John Varvatos and Thom Browne, explained one of the key issues with sending menswear down the runway at the September and February womenswear shows: the timing. From Varvatos:
"I love showing in New York, and I showed there primarily," said Varvatos, who used to mount the city's biggest and most celebrity-attended men's show before he took to showing in Milan three seasons ago. "The reality for us is the men's market opens in Milan the week of June 20, and the New York shows aren't until September ... So how do you get the best value for all that you spend on a show? It's a ton of time and money. There's very little value for showing in the States if you're an international brand. I would love to show in New York because it's uncomplicated and it's our base, but it doesn't make sense."
More importantly — how do you convince designers to give New York another chance? Look to London Collections: Men, which launched two seasons ago, and hosts Christopher Kane, Tom Ford, and Alexander McQueen. This coming from a place whose women's fashion week was fledgling a few years ago. We're confident the CFDA can set up a new base and swing the industry westward. As Michael Bastian says in today's WWD, "I think now we are getting critical mass in New York for men's wear so that we could gang together and stand for something." Imagine this, only much better dressed.
Most Viewed Stories
Donald Trump Spent the Morning After the Debate Fat-Shaming Miss Universe, Again
Hillary Clinton’s Sickest Debate Burns
Former Miss Universe Becomes U.S. Citizen So She Can Vote Against Trump
2009 Called — It Wants Its Vogue-Versus-Bloggers Fight Back.
Area Woman Interrupted by Man 25 Times in 26 Minutes
22 Intimate Lost Photos of Marilyn Monroe
The Fashion Executive Who Doesn’t Wear Underwear on Dates
25 Famous Women on Being Alone
Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber Are Separating After 11 Years Together
Uh-Oh, Is Rob Kardashian Feuding With Kylie Jenner?
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.