August 5, 2015  —  by

#NYFWM, a success?

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Looking back at the first ever men’s New York Fashion Week, it seems like a success even with the hectic schedule and it being actually less than a week. With participation from both US giants like Thom Browne, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein and smaller designers such as Gypsy Sport, Siki Im and Public School, the week was already a success in its’ diverse line-up.

When one thinks of American fashion, especially with menswear, one might conclude that it is ‘commercial’. With the fear of the first ever NYFW: Men’s being way too bland and commercial for the tastes of international editors and buyers, it seemed like that that was not the case. Sure it didn’t have the fireworks and celebrity power that giants like Chanel or Saint Laurent can impose on its’ catwalks but most can agree that the spectacle as equal from the already established fashion weeks wasn’t expected. With shows in Paris, London and Milan, one can get carried away with the set, guests and superstar designers. With more and more people interested in getting street-styled rather than looking at the shows, fashion weeks seem more and more like a circus of people seeking attention.

Unlike the already established fashion weeks, NYFWM felt more like a small community that captured an essence of those who loved fashion. Brands like Public School, Gypsy Sport, Siki Im and Alexandre Plokhov challenged the traditional ideas of American sportswear and introduced new silhouettes that suggested something more about the future of American fashion. With such a solid line-up of brands for its first New York Men’s Fashion Week, the week can only get more refined and bigger with each season. Hopefully more upcoming menswear designers can showcase their work on the next season of New York Fashion Week Men’s. While the first show wasn’t anything grandiose, it seems to promise something in the long road.