Fashion Titans Join the Roster of New York Men’s Fashion Week – New York Observer

 

John Varvatos, Men's Fashion Designer, and Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA. John Varvatos, Men's Fashion Designer, and Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA.

John Varvatos, Men’s Fashion Designer, and Steven Kolb, CEO of CFDA.

American menswear designer John Varvatos becomes the latest name in a growing roster of top labels to move his Spring 2016 runway show to the  inaugural  New York men’s fashion week that kicks off this July at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in west Soho. Mr. Varvatos’s midsummer homecoming marks the first time in seven years that the designer will hold a runway show in America after a successful thirteen season run in Milan. Mr. Varvatos and other American designers moved their runway shows to Milan, London and Paris, where official men’s fashion weeks are held biannually.

With the advent of a New York men’s fashion week, top and young label menswear designers are  flocking to the new business platform to show in America during their market dates, courtesy of the CFDA. With his return, Mr. Varvatos joins a healthy list of other designers who will debut their Spring 2016 collections at the standalone showcase, including early proponent Tommy Hilfiger, as well as fellow fashion favorites Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Rag & Bone.

A model presents a creation by Michael Kors Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion Week February 18, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/JOSHUA LOTT        (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)A model presents a creation by Michael Kors Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion Week February 18, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/JOSHUA LOTT        (Photo credit should read Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Michael Kors Fall/Winter collection during New York Fashion Week February 18, 2015 in New York. (Photo credit: Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK:  Designers Marcus Wainwright (L) and David Neville pose for a photo during the Rag & Bone opening in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)NEW YORK:  Designers Marcus Wainwright (L) and David Neville pose for a photo during the Rag & Bone opening in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

NEW YORK: Designers Marcus Wainwright (L) and David Neville pose for a photo during the Rag & Bone opening in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Some recent additions include GQ’s best new men’s designer in America, Ernest Alexander, as well as Vanderbilt grad-turned fashion designer extraordinaire, Timo Weiland. The updated list of younger labels that will be participating in the maiden event include Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Public School, Ovadia & Sons, Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Orley & Kent, N. Hollywood, Perry Ellis, Richard Chai, Theory, and Thom Browne.

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Models present creations by American designer Thom Browne during the Fall/Winter 2014/2015 men’s fashion show in Paris on January 19, 2014. (Photo Credit: Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images)

“The power of the American menswear business is built on decades of creativity and a new flux of ideas. From the beginning of planning New York Fashion Week: Men’s, it was our intention that the designers showing be a mix of established and new generation brands to fully represent that power,” said Mr. Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, to the Observer.

The CFDA began sending invitations to designers in October 2014 to determine interest for a New York show on the Fashion Calendar and is in the process of confirming other participants.

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