The year of change for New York City's fashion week scene continues with another addition to the New York Fashion Week: Men's lineup ... and it's a big one!
Fashion designer John Varvatos announced that he will close the inaugural event (which is slated for July 13-16 at the Skylight Clarkson Sq. in SoHo) with a runway show for his spring 2016 collection.
"From the time I started my brand in 2000, the timing between [New York Fashion Week] and the menswear calendar was never truly aligned," he said in a media statement. "After eight years of showing in [New York], I moved my show to Milan and gained a global audience. ...
"Last month, we opened a store in my hometown of Detroit, and we received such an overwhelmingly positive response that it made me want to bring the fashion show back to New York. I am very excited about coming home to help launch the first-ever NYC menswear week."
Other designers already signed on include Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Public School, Duckie Brown, Todd Snyder and Rag & Bone, among several others. The event is created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Meanwhile, the speculation for the new home for the bi-annual New York Fashion Week is over. The shows previewing trends for spring 2016 will be held Sept. 10-17 at the Skylight at Moynihan Station, the site of the historic James A. Farley post office at West 33rd Street, and the Skylight Clarkson Sq. (home to New York Fashion Week: Men's). The news was teased early this morning on social media.
The shows in February were the last to be situated beneath temporary tents at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The departure was prompted by a lawsuit filed by city park advocates arguing that the 2.4-acre Damrosch Park space where the tents are erected should no longer host private vendors and events.
Photo at top: Courtesy of John Varvatos