According to WWD, the CFDA held a meeting yesterday morning to discuss the New York Fashion Week: Men. Slated to debut this summer, the CFDA has expressed a few concerns regarding the future of the show, especially regarding the scheduling. This year, New York Fashion Week: Men is scheduled to be presented a full week before a major men’s trade shows making the arrangement chaotic for most editors and buyers. This is to ensure that those people who matter can attend the Men’s Fashion Week and the trade shows without having to spend another day in expensive New York City in between. The CFDA has also worried about sponsorship. The current showcase needs two or three more major sponsors. This coupled with the fact that New York Fashion Week: Men are also having a hard time asking designers to join the festivities. To date, there are 14 brands that have pledged to support the event, however, two major brands like John Varvatos and Calvin Klein will not be showcasing any of their collections.
We are curiously waiting for this New York Fashion Week: Men. Being a major fashion capital this event serves as an acknowledgment that the industry’s growth will have to be taken seriously. In the mean time, the challenge remains, what will make the menswear designers of America so different compared to the rest of the major fashion capitals?
We need your individuality, New York.