Besides a few minor kinks, July's inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's was considered a success by most accounts. Thus, the only major changes we'll see at the second NYFW: Men's, it seems, have to do with scheduling. Originally slated to take place Jan. 28 to 31 to coincide with New York trade shows, the CFDA (which organizes the event) announced Monday that it has pushed the dates to Feb. 1 to 4 so as not to conflict with men's fashion week in Paris, which ends Jan. 30. The news was first reported by WWD and confirmed by a rep for the CFDA.
The change in dates force the CFDA to change venues from Skylight Clarkson Square to Skylight Clarkson North, a new space located only a block from the former.
Last season's sponsors were apparently pleased with the event, as Amazon Fashion, Cadillac, Shinola and Dockers are all coming back for round two.
But the true test will be whether the marquee designers who took a risk by showing in New York — rather than Europe — last season will participate again for fall 2016. A rep for the CFDA tells us the organization expects over 50 designers to show, and that while it's too early to confirm individual names, "based on the extremely positive feedback from the launch season, we anticipate most designers will return in February." We've reached out to several, including John Varvatos, Tommy Hilfiger and Public School, and will report back when we know more.
This article has been updated to include a statement from the CFDA about returning designers.