After months of speculation, it's finally been confirmed: New York is getting its very own men's fashion week. The CFDA announced the launch of New York Fashion Week: Men’s this afternoon, with its first outing scheduled for July 13 to July 16.
"American menswear has never been stronger or more creative,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “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."
Clearly, New York has been taking pointers from the success of London Collections: Men, right down to its name. Like LC:M, New York Fashion Week: Men's is a biannual affair. It follows Paris men's fashion week (June 24 – 28) and falls immediately after couture (July 5 – 10).
The brands who will show at the new fashion week (well, four-day fashion week) include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors and Rag & Bone. NYC brands such as Public School, which shows during womenswear, are reportedly "psyched", but not everybody is fully onboard. Some American labels including Thom Browne are keeping to their European dates for now, though they are apparently thinking of staging special events in New York. Stay tuned.