If New York Fashion Week wasn’t enough to get excited about, a separate Fashion Week dedicated just for men and menswear is reportedly in the works. The Council of Fashion Designer’s of America is currently lining up sponsors for the new, male-focused shows and working to secure a title sponsor. If they can make this happen by January, then it will be a green light for the men’s only showcase; and the CFDA will have to work in high gear to get the show off the ground for its first year.
Hopes for the show are to provide a platform especially for the menswear industry professionals to both show and buy by partnering with Project and allowing designers who showed on the runway to set up in The Tents at Project for buyers to finalize seasonal orders. Tommy Fazio, President of Project, has working closely with the CFDA to get the gears in motion. “CFDA will give them a place to show, and Project will give them the platform to sell,” he said.
This new Fashion Week is not necessarily expected to bring in already established designers to show like Michael Kors or Ralph Lauren, but to give some of the up-and-comers a chance to show and have opportunities they may not have had in the September and February Fashion Weeks. However, there has been major support from designers like John Varvatos and Calvin Klein, who have expressed interest in participating in some way if these new shows take off.
Although the final dates have not yet been set, if sponsors are secured, shows are expected to be held in late July 2015 during New York trade shows Project, Liberty, MRket and Capsule.
– Carmen N. Turner
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