Menswear comes into its own at NY Fashion Week

Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:23am EST
 
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By Basil Katz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Menswear at New York Fashion Week typically takes a backseat to the more showy and better-known women's lines, but the collections unveiled this week show U.S. menswear designers coming into their own with strong performances, buyers and trend analysts said.

While male consumers often favor comfort and ease in clothing over the latest styles, the looks on the runways this week are likely to trickle down into mass retail clothing lines as these designers gain influence, they said.

"The men's shows in New York this season have been incredibly strong," said Eric Jennings, men's fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, a top U.S. store.

At New York's semi-annual Fashion Week, where hundreds of designers are unveiling their fall and winter 2010 lines through Thursday, only a handful of shows feature just menswear.

Standouts include Philip Lim, Robert Geller, Richard Chai and Simon Spurr, said Kevin Harter, vice president of fashion at U.S. department store Bloomingdale's.

"This is the most exciting time for American men's designers. They're starting to really emerge," he said. "I think these American designers are going to rival the Parisian and Belgian menswear designers."

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<p>Photos of "looks" are seen backstage at the Perry Ellis Fall 2010 collection fashion show during New York Fashion Week February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Natalie Behring</p>