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Runway recap: The sights of New York Fashion Week Men's Day 2

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NEW YORK -- You know you're in for an interesting day when it starts with a fashion show featuring models in a prison lineup.

From there, fashions during Day 2 of New York Fashion Week: Men's continued to capitalize on performance wear, monochrome palettes and occasional nods to tailored skinny suits.

See some of the sights for yourself in the video above!

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Take a tour inside New York Fashion Week: Men's headquarters (in less than 60 seconds)

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NEW YORK -- The trends aren't all that people are talking about at the first New York Fashion Week: Men's. The Skylight Clarkson Sq., the venue for the bulk of the action, also is in the spotlight.

A former terminal for the Highline, this industrial spot in west Soho has colored the event with a hip, urban vibe comparable to what is felt at other popular downtown fashion venues such as Milk or Industria Superstudios. Inside, the concrete floors, white walls and exposed beams give the space a raw, gritty feel -- plus make it very malleable for designers to transform it into whatever kind of backdrop they wish for their events.

At the heart of the venue is the lobby, a comfortable, inviting space peppered with benches, tables for eating and writing, phone charging stations and a few pop-up displays featuring some of New York Fashion Week: Men's major sponsors. There's also a cafe with health-conscious offerings such as yogurt, kale and rhubarb salads, salmon on a bed of bulgar and juices.

See for yourself in the timelapse video below! Photo: Entrance to the Skylight Clarkson Sq., home to New York Fashion Week: Men's. Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette

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VIDEO DIARY: Trend spotting at New York Fashion Week Men's Day 1

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NEW YORK -- The first New York Fashion Week: Men's began Monday with a showcase of looks from emerging menswear designers. Here's what we saw ...

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Diverse styles take the spotlight at New York Men's Day

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NEW YORK -- There was grunge and urban and hipster. A little athleisure, retro and boho, too. Plus, some classic suits and overcoats reimagined in all-over camo or paired with chunky sneakers for a luxe casual vibe ... and this was all just during Day 1 of New York Fashion Week: Men's.

New York City's first-ever fashion week devoted to all-things menswear kicked off Monday at Industria Superstudios in the Meatpacking District with New York Men's Day, a showcase spotlighting about a dozen emerging design talents.

With the spirit of this week being a celebration of all that men's style is and can be, the men's day lineup was the ideal appetizer for the dozens of runway shows and presentations by veteran brands that will unfold across the city throughout the week. There was a little something for every sartorial taste, plus enough of it to whet appetites for seeing more menswear diversity in the days to come.

Check out some photos from Day 1 of New York Fashion Week: Men's below ... (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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New York Fashion Week: Men's Day 1: Q&A with CFDA CEO Steven Kolb

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It's a been a long time coming -- a fashion week in New York City devoted to all-things menswear.

But this week the vision of New York Fashion Week: Men's gets under way. In advance of the four-day fashion affair, Stylebook caught up with Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which is overseeing Manhattan's inaugural men's fashion week.

Why now to hold the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's?

This is a perfect time to launch New York Fashion Week: Men's. American menswear has never been stronger or more creative. The design talent is diverse from tailored to street to swim, which allows for a strong and compelling fashion showcase.


What has the response been like from the industry?

The response from the entire industry has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. From early on, we have had invaluable support across the board, including major menswear designers, executives from top retailers and editors from key men's magazines.


About how many designers are participating? And what did the application process entail?

Over 40 designers will participate in the inaugural season of NYFW: Men's. The open application process began at the end of May. It allowed us to curate a broad spectrum of designers, including established to emerging talent.


What was the thinking behind the location for New York Fashion Week: Men's?

We wanted a location that was quintessentially New York. As a former terminal for the High Line, Skylight Clarkson Sq. embodied the spirit of New York and New York Fashion Week: Men's.


What's the hope or vision for New York Fashion Week: Men's moving forward? Is there a desire to make it an annual or bi-annual event?

New York Fashion Week: Men's will take place twice a year, with the fall 2016 shows scheduled for January 28-31. We hope that as we shine more spotlight on American menswear talent, the sector will grow accordingly and so will NYFW: Men's.

Photo: Steven Kolb, right, with fashion designer John Varvatos, who will close the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men's on Thursday night. Courtesy of John Varvatos

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