With New York Fashion Week: Men’s looming on the horizon in just over a month, the lineup of designers presenting shows will begin to materialize. The first bit of news comes from designer Raf Simons, who has announced that he will be showing a collection on February 1st.
“He’s a very talented guy and a world-class designer who brings a whole new level and perspective to the shows,” stated CFDA president and chief executive officer, Steven Kolb. “We won’t start scheduling designers for a few weeks. But we were happy to announce him joining the roster. From our side, we’ve worked hard to build something strong over the past three seasons and we’re excited Raf wants to show in New York.”
This being the fourth edition of the event, Simons’ name immediately brings a lot of star power to the potential finished list of shows. It should be just as crucial for encouraging the inclusion of other internationally acclaimed designers as we move closer to the end of the month.
This is exactly the mindset Kolb is hoping will become synonymous with NYFW: Men’s.
“Just because Thom shows in Paris and Calvin in Milan and Ralph was not there, people say it’s some kind of statement against NYFW: Men’s,” he stated. “But it’s a business decision that each brand makes and what the CFDA does is support designers to make the decisions that are best for them. We don’t see it as a negative, we celebrate it.”
However, anyone thinking that this collection will reflect Simons’ new position with Calvin Klein will have to temper that expectation. While the new position has brought speculation, there is a much more likely chance of his first entry for the brand coming with the women’s shows following the men’s.
According to the CFDA, the men’s shows for New York Fashion Week are currently set to take place from January 30th to February 2nd at the Skylight Clarkson North in Tribeca. Raf Simons’ show on February 1st could end up being just one of many exciting collections to come.