Men’s Fashion Week is making its debut on the New York stage this summer and the CFDA held an exclusive breakfast meeting about the affair yesterday, which according to WWD, made it clear that there is still a lot of work to do.
The CFDA is already considering alternate dates for the showcase next year so that it doesn’t fall a full week before the major men’s trade shows like it will this year. The idea is to ensure that show-goers can attend Men’s Fashion Week and the trade shows without having to spend extra days in New York City in between.
In addition to needing another major sponsor or two, there is also the issue of getting more designers on the schedule for shows and presentations. At least 14 brands have pledged their commitment to the event, though not all the designers will be taking the runway. A few of the men’s brands who have agreed to participate (like John Varvatos and Calvin Klein) won’t actually be showing their collections.
Obviously, New York Fashion Week: Men’s has a few kinks to work out, but that is to be expected for a new project of this magnitude. Hopefully, it will eventually become a true destination for American men’s fashion.