Before we dive into New York Fashion Week: Men’s—America’s showcase for the future of men’s fashion—we like to pregame with Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), which organizes the event. Kolb helps us get the lay of the land. We appreciate him for that, because while the biannual bustle of runway shows and presentations in Manhattan is always inspiring, it’s a lot to take in.
In advance of this season during which designers will show their 2018 fall and winter collections, we talked about how NYFW:M currently exists in a state of flux. Men’s and women’s designers are showing during the same time period (men’s February 5-8, women’s February 8-16). That’s new. But what does it mean? And what does it mean when Kolb says NYFW:M has become “decentralized”?
We also spoke about the evolution of Fashion Week as a spectacle on social media (versus its old purpose as a marketplace for our buyers), and why the CFDA has lately found itself promoting not just fashion designers showing in New York—but New York City itself.