Monday is the start of Men’s Fashion Week (NYFWM) in New York City. Returning for a second season, designers will be presenting their Autumn/Winter 2016 collections primarily geared to men. NYFWM is the counterpart to New York Fashion Week (NYFW) that will take place February 11 through the February 18.
Last year saw many changes to the fashion shows held in the Big Apple. After 5 years, Lincoln Center, which played host to many of the shows, did not renew its contracts for event space and Mercedes Benz dropped its partnership making room for a new era in the city. Cadillac became a sponsor and new warehouse space, Skyline Clarkson Square became one of the shows’ event locations.
But that didn’t stop there, recognizing that men’s fashion has become more prevalent in the American psyche, NYFWM was developed to give menswear its own unique platform. This follows London, Milan and Paris, which already host their own fashion weeks. New York’s inaugural shows were presented in July of last year with Skyline Clarkson North serving as the official home.
Interestingly what may be considered the precursor to NYFWM may be New York Men’s Day (NYMD). This one day event created by Agentry PR came about to give a voice to menswear which tended to be over shadowed by the women’s collections. This season twelve designers will present simultaneous collections on Monday during two time slots. Featured designers will include Krammer & Stoudt, Max ‘N Cheese, PLAC, Garciavelez David Hart, Edmund Ooi, HVRMINN, Robert James, Lucio Castro, Matiere, CWST and Chapter.
Continuing throughout the week will be a variety of designers showcasing their collections in runways and presentations. From the youthful looks of Timo Weiland to the cool tailored styling of SuitSupply, many of last year’s designers will be returning for a second go round. Also returning are favorites, Perry Ellis who’s #veryperry line wowed attendees and John Varvatos who’s collection fit for the rock star was the perfect ending for this first men’s fashion foray. Several new designers will be hitting the stages along with these veterans. One of which includes Brett Johnson who collections have seen much success doing the trunk show circuit but is now poised to reach new height through this larger New York audience. NYFW runs from February 1 through February 4.