Destination runway shows, co-ed presentations, and a fast changing global market provide an interesting stage for menswear moving forward. Interestingly enough, the last couple of years have shown an increase in the number of fashion weeks. Originally called London Collections: Men, London Fashion Week Men's made its debut in the summer of 2012. Previously, menswear had shared the stage with womenswear during the biannual London Fashion Week.
The launch of London Fashion Week Men's represented a shift in the fashion dialogue. At the time, menswear was deemed the fastest growing market and the desire for men to stand out on their own mirrored this. A standalone men's fashion week inspired Burberry to return home to showcase its latest collections in London, instead of Milan. Previously, Milan and Paris were the tentpoles of the industry with men's fashion weeks.
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London's dedicated men's fashion week also thrust many labels into the spotlight such as J.W. Anderson and Christopher Shannon. Exploring London's growing fashion brands, labels such as Astrid Andersen highlight a young fascination with sportswear that carries an athletic twist. However, most recently WWD reported that London Fashion Week Men's is slated to lose a day for the fall-winter 2018 season in January. While the British Fashion Council says that it wants to allow more time in between the holidays and fashion week, could this mean a smaller roster of designers showing?
Hot on the heels of London Collections: Men, New York Fashion Week: Men made its debut in July 2015. CFDA chief executive officer Steven Kolb was quick to note, "We’re not naïve enough to think that we’re going to create a huge, international mega men’s fashion week immediately." Kolb added, "We know we have to build it from the ground up. But we’re going to do a good job, and we know we’ll be able to compete on a more global basis in the future."
Kolb brings up an interesting
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