In a move that signifies a huge step forward in the world of men’s fashion, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have officiated the creation of a biannual event that will be known as New York Fashion Week: Men’s. Here’s what the CFDA has to say (via their official website) about newly dedicating a Fashion Week to men:
It’s been talked about but now it’s official. The CFDA is launching New York Fashion Week: Men’s, a standalone showcase for American men’s fashion at Skylight Clarkson Sq. The biannual event kicks off July 13-16, 2015 with the Spring 2016 collections.
“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.”
The CFDA, which owns the Fashion Calendar, will organize the shows aligned with New York Men’s Market Week. Amazon’s fashion sites – including Amazon Fashion, East Dane, and MyHabit – are Presenting Sponsors with additional support from Shinola.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s will feature a mix of runway shows, presentations and special events. CFDA Board Member Tommy Hilfiger was an early champion of New York Fashion Week: Men’s and will participate in the inaugural event—so will 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, with more names 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.
With the event kicking off in mid-July, I can’t wait to see how New York Fashion Week: Men’s will forever change the game of male-oriented clothing. This is major.