Men’s Fashion Weeks pressed by co-ed show: New York put things together, London limps along, Milan restyles

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New York Fashion Week reschedules its dates: Men’s fashion shows will be on the agenda on February 5-7, that is, the day before Women’s fashion events, which are planned on February 8-14. The dates of the events get very close to each other then, as if the latter, that is the stronger, triggered the former. While talking to WWD, Mark Beckham, Marketing vice president at CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), points out that the aim is “to create a ten-day-long event, with no more split agendas and shows divided into men, women and co-ed”. On the other hand, and we have been stressing that for a while, traditional fashion weeks, with different schedules for men and women, have been put under pressure by fashion brands for several years. In fact, fashion companies are revising their standards: last among them, Balenciaga (Kering group) announced they are going to turn to co-ed, starting from next event in Paris. CFDA have implemented their own innovative solution: still we do not know if they are going to repeat it next summer. London Fashion Week Men’s is limping along: as reported by Pambianco News, “only 24 fashion shows” are on the agenda, most of which are filled with brands “which are often unknown to international clients”. How about Milan? Looking at next event, scheduled in January 2018, Carlo Capasa (from the National Chamber of Italian Fashion) clears up, while talking to MFF, that changing situations have to be tackled through “a new format that aims to put together presentations and fashion shows, thus going beyond former edges. Hence, we have realized that it’s necessary to change the same concept of collections presentation, far away from the past”.

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