Debate rages over launch of “New York Fashion Week: Men’s”


It’s a big month for equality wins — first same sex marriage was made legal countrywide, and now men are finally getting the fashion week they deserve (quoth retailers). Naturally, the launch of the new event, dubbed “New York Fashion Week: Men’s,” has proved controversial in sartorial circles.

According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), NYFW: Men’s will kick off July 13-16 with the Spring 2016 collections featuring top designers, presentations and runway shows at Skylight Clarkson SQ.

Some 56 American menswear designers, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Public School, Thom Browne, and Rag & Bone, will show at the event.

Many feel that the show gives domestic labels a spotlight “on their own turf” and an opportunity to sell more garb to gents. However, others in the fashion industry question the necessity of a week dedicated solely to menswear in NYC, according to a recent Bloomberg piece.

For one, NYFW: Men’s directly follows more prestigious men’s fashion weeks in London, Milan and Paris. The new event promises to add “considerable work for designers during a time that has traditionally been reserved for tanning in Mallorca or eating lobster rolls in Amagansett,” Bloomberg writes.

Moreover, many of the labels won’t even be showing their newest and best, but presentation of lines already premiered in Europe.

So while the event does allow editors and fashion crazed New Yorkers — who don’t have the cash to galavant across Europe — access to a men’s show, it also further dilutes what is already an intensely fractured industry.

“Another branded fashion week is the last thing we need,” Debra Scherer, a former editor of Paris Vogue and Vogue Italia, told Bloomberg.

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