With all the current problematic of fashion week schedules overlapping with market week, menswear designers in america seem to have finally found the light at the end of the tunnel - sort of. Yesterday, Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA annouced the launching of a fashion week dedicated just to menswear designers. By all means, the event will be held in New York, and will kick off the dates of July 13 to the 16. The platform will support the work from up-and-coming talents, and might even represent the promise to bring back menswear shows like Calvin Klein and Thom Browne, however, neither of this two firms have disclosed confirmations of moving their shows to the disclosed dates.
Expect to see in the calendar shows from Duckie Brown, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid,
Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Robert Geller, Patrik Ervell, Orley, Timo Weiland, Kent and Curwen. That's what is confirmed so far, but eventually other names will likely to be announced by the CFDA. The board members might need to think of some cool projects to make this not just a menswear fashion week, but to give a reason to editors overseas to come to America for the bianual event; maybe the idea of bringing an international designer guest to showcase will be a good one - and if that rings any bells, Astrid Andersen will be showcasing her bespoke line exclusively here in New York during fashion week. These can be greatly done in collaboration with CFDA, and could lead to many other menswear designers to believe in America.
This program was developed by the CFDA's Director of Strategic Partnerships, Adam Roth, alongside the participation of Mark Beckham as Project Director. The week Presenting sponsors will include Amazon Fashion, East Dane and MyHabit, with the extra support from Shinola. We're not sure if to expect that much buzz from New York Fashion Week: Men's first debut. But one thing is sure, this is a step towards the right direction.
By Jhon Jairo Santos