Men's wear takes off on its own at new New York fashion week

Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:48pm EDT
 
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Men's wear finally grabs the spotlight on the biggest U.S. fashion runways on Monday, as New York City catches up to other global design capitals already giving men's styles their due.

More than 50 designers will unveil their looks, hoping to catch the eye of discerning buyers and critical editors who will choose their favorites for next year's spring and summer seasons.

The four-day event by the Council of Fashion Designers of America is the New York debut of Fashion Week: Men's. Until now, men's wear shows traditionally have been mixed in with hundreds of women's shows in twice-a-year events in the city.

"We all felt for years that we took a backseat to the women's business," said Kevin Harter, vice president of fashion for men's and home at Bloomingdale's department stores.

"Also, based on the growth you have seen in menswear, it was just an organic decision to that you had to play it up a little bit more," he said.

U.S. men’s apparel sales totaled $62.7 billion in the 12 months ending May 2015, according to the NPD Group, a trend and sales tracking company, just over half the total for women's apparel over the same period.

Men's apparel sales grew 2 percent, just short of the 3 percent rate for women's.

"People have said for a long time that men's wear is having a moment, but it’s proven that it’s not just a moment," said Matt Feniger, brand marketing manager at Matiere, a men's wear brand making its first official presentation at Men's Fashion Week.   Continued...

 
Models stand on pedestals for the David Hart presentation during Men's Fashion Week, in New York, July 13, 2015. The four-day event by the Council of Fashion Designers of America is the New York debut of Fashion Week: Men's. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson