After London launched London Collections: Men last year, New York is the only fashion capital without a separate event dedicated to menswear shows. So, it was only a matter of time before the conversation began. And now it has, at the CFDA.
While some designers do send menswear and womenswear down the same runway, it doesn’t always make the most sense logistically. It’s a separate entity with a separate set of editors and buyers. There’s a reason why brands like Rag & Bone, Band of Outsiders, and Timo Weiland are presenting their men’s and women’s collections separately this season, even though the NYFW calendar is already too crowded.
“In recent months, some key people with a deep and sincere interest in that idea have come together as a group to explore that possibility,” Steven Kolb told WWD. “We are looking at the potential of a men’s week and how that might fit into the global men’s calendar.”
The CFDA has been meeting with menswear editors and PR firms to evaluate logistics and figure out a business model. “There seems to be a real desire to map it out,” Kolb said.
Though a four-day men’s fashion week launched in 1995 only lasted four years, editors such as GQ‘s Jim Moore believe menswear is strong enough now. “It was a very robust time for men’s wear. And I think men’s wear is even stronger now, so I don’t see any reason it couldn’t work again,” he told the trade.
There’s speculation that menswear shows could be affiliated with Advanstar, which operates tradeshows like Magic and menswear-focused Project, which this season will showcase the designs of New York menswear designers Michael Bastian, Billy Reid and Todd Snyder as part of a new “The Tents at Project” initiative.
There’s definitely a solid menswear scene in New York (there are even obsessive blogs about it)–and one we could see having its own separate identity–both from womenswear and from international men’s fashion weeks. For instance, you probably wouldn’t find as many driftwood headpieces here as you might in London. But heritage knapsacks? Yeah, we’ve got that covered.