This February, New York Fashion Week: Men's will no longer be a separate entity from the women's shows. Instead, the two will be combined to create a single 10-day schedule with shows marked as men's, women's or coed. Men's shows will run from Monday, Feb. 5-Wednesday, Feb. 7, with women's following on Thursday, Feb. 8-Wednesday, Feb. 14, which the CFDA confirmed to Fashionista in a statement.
Some of the same bigger names will have a presence in both segments of the new NYFW — think Raf Simons, whose eponymous label will show during the menswear portion of the week and whose designs for Calvin Klein will show during the women's segment. Other menswear designers that will show in the first half of the week will include Hugo Boss, Perry Ellis and Todd Snyder.
The move may be designed to help menswear shows get more attention from the press, as editors and influencers who already need to be in New York for the women's shows may just come a bit earlier to catch men's shows, as well. It may also be intended to bolster a week that saw some its heavyweights — from Thom Browne to Proenza Schouler — decamp for Paris this past season. But it's worth noting that the consolidation won't necessarily effect NYFW past February. The following NYFW:M will take place in July, at least a full month ahead of the women's shows that happen in September every year.
"We keep finding ways to help designers find new outlets to show their collections," CFDA vice president of marketing Mark Beckham told WWD. "Whether that's showing men's and women's together, showing off-schedule or even overseas... By having the men's shows adjacent to women's, we hope we will have strong showing for NYFW."
Note: This story has been updated to include confirmation from the CFDA.