The Council of Fashion Designers of America is currently in discussions regarding a dedicated men’s fashion week for the first time in more than a decade.
Following the success of London Collections: MEN, the bi-annual showcase of design talent in the British capital, it appears that our cousins across the pond may be about to follow suit. Currently, New York is the only major fashion capital not to have a week devoted to menswear designer’s sartorial endeavours.
The debate has arisen due to the current set-up of slotting the men’s shows into women’s week; a practice deemed inadequate by menswear designers who feel their creations are treated as something of an afterthought.
Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA said this week: “Over the years, a number of industry people have talked to the CFDA about the value of a dedicated men’s week. In recent months, some key people with a deep and sincere interest in that idea have come together as a group to explore that possibility [...] we are looking at the potential of a men’s week and how that might fit into the global men’s calendar”.
If the talks go to plan, New York may be hosting its first exclusive men’s week in time for the next round of shows this summer or early 2014.
The news will no doubt be welcomed by both up-and-coming and established designers wishing to garner more exposure on the American fashion stage.
Back in 1995, the CFDA launched a men’s only fashion week which lasted until 2000, when it was cancelled due to a shift in designers moving their shows to the European powerhouses of Paris and Milan. Following the continued growth and success of the menswear industry since 2000, it appears the time is ripe to revisit the concept.
The CFDA are keen to stress that nothing is confirmed as yet, with discussions for the project only in initial stages. It seems however, if the Big Apple wishes to live up to its name, it will no doubt strive to keep up appearances with its continental and British counterparts.