6 Ways To Upgrade Your Wardrobe, According To Menswear Designers


Originally written by Corey Kelly for Askmen.com, and published on Saturday, July 15th, 2017. Click here to read the original post.

By Corey Kelly

Monday, July 10th, 2017 marked the official beginning of New York Fashion Week: Men’s fifth season. The four day event provided a platform for American menswear designers to showcase their latest collections to an international audience of press and buyers. Following an almost month-long string of fashion weeks happening in London, Milan, Paris, as well as Pitti Uomo in Florence, the New York men’s shows round out what seems to be a non-stop sartorial showdown.

“We are now in season five and New York Fashion Week: Men’s is clearly established on the international calendar,” says Steven Kolb, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). “It has come to be known for supporting young, directional talent with fashion week opportunities and at the same highlighting great American men’s sportswear which is the foundation of the market.”

With only a few of the major designers and brands displaying their collections at satellite locations throughout the city, a majority of them presented at the state-of-the-art Skylight Clarkson Square studio space in New York’s SoHo district. However, for up-and-comers unable to afford the substantial costs of a show of their own, New York Men’s Day, a showcase for emerging talent, unofficially kicked off the week at Dune Studios in New York’s Financial District.

“New York Men’s Day (NYMD) has always supported and underwritten emerging talent in menswear,” says Erin Hawker, owner and founder of Agentry PR and New York Men’s Day (NYMD). “We need to give younger talent a chance to show what’s happening in America right now. Sometimes, the larger brands take the limelight because of their budgets for shows, marketing, and advertising dollars. Our mission from day one, in 2014, was to showcase the emerging brands and give them a voice.”

Thanks to New York Men’s Day and the CFDA’s incubator programs for emerging designers, New York Fashion Week: Men’s is truly a combination of fresh, new talent mixed with the old establishment of American menswear.

But, to make sense of it all, we’ve done all of the dirty work by researching the latest collections to present you with just six key menswear designers you’ll need to be wearing next spring. Not only did we chat with them about their Spring 2018 lines, we show you how to get your hands on next spring’s trends right now.

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