New York is joining the ranks of Milan, London and Paris with its own week dedicated to men’s fashion. The CFDA announced Thursday it is officially launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s, a standalone showcase for American men’s fashion at Skylight Clarkson Sq. The biannual, three-day event will kick off July 13, 2015 with the Spring ’16 collections.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s will feature a mix of runway shows, presentations and special events. The CFDA, which owns the Fashion Calendar, will organize the shows aligned with New York Men’s Market Week. Amazon’s fashion sites, Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit, are Presenting Sponsors. Shinola will provide additional support.
CFDA CEO Steven Kolb said, “American menswear has never been stronger or more creative. There are many reasons the CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It gives the designers a business platform to show during their market dates and is an opportunity to demonstrate the collective talent of an important segment of our industry.”
CFDA board member Tommy Hilfiger, an early champion of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, will participate in the inaugural event. Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons, Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Orley and Kent and Curwen, will also present their collections. More names are to be confirmed.
The program was developed under CFDA’s director of strategic partnerships Adam Roth, and Mark Beckham joined in a consultant capacity as project director for New York Fashion Week: Men’s.