New York Fashion Week : Men’s Day 1
Monday, July 13
On Monday afternoon, New York designers including Greg Lauren, Thaddeus O’Neill, Robert Geller, Italo Zuccelli, David Neville, Ariel Ovadia, Shimon Ovadia and Michael Bastian met at Skylight Clarkson Square where they were joined by Amazon Fashion’s Cathy Beaudoin, Theory’s Andrew Rosen, Esquire’s Nick Sullivan, and Bergorf Goodman’s Bruce Pask to officially introduce New York Fashion Week (NYFW): Men’s.
Diane Von Furstenberg, president of Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), then introduced Alicia Glen, the City’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development. The Deputy Mayor, wearing DVF for the occasion, announced an additional $1 million investment into the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI). With the investment, along with an additional $2 million fundraising pledge by the CFDA, the FMI has doubled in size to $6 million.
To celebrate the start of NYFW: Men’s, Amazon Fashion hosted a kick-off party at their 40,000 square foot photo studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The CFDA’s NYFW: Men’s Ambassadors, including Joe Jonas, Darren Criss, Dwayne Wade and Victor Cruz, journeyed across the bridge to Brooklyn. They toasted on the week with designers like Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Robert Geller, Richard Chai, Tim Coppens and Calvin Kelin Collection’s Italio Zucchelli.
New York Fashion Week : Men’s Day 2
Tuesday, July 14
Tuesday morning at NYFW: Men’s was kicked off with a special presentation by Thom Browne and ended with N. Hoolywood. In between the two, there were plenty of cool spring 2016 clothes from a mix of American designers and brands, including Calvin Klein Collection, Rag & Bone, Public School, Robert Geller, and Thaddeus O’Neill. Aside from runway shows and fashion presentations, there were several events and parties punctuating the day.
DreamWorks Animation came up with an innovative way to celebrate NYFW: Men’s—a limited edition capsule collection by eight menswear designers called “Character Clash,” which features animation stars Felix and the Cat, He-Man, Richie Rich, Underdog and Where’s Waldo. Designers Billy Reid and Public School took on Underdog; Robert Geller and Timo Weiland took on Felix the Cat; Todd Snyder with He-Man; Michael Bastian and Ovadia & Sons provided their take on Richie Rich; and Ernest Alexander on Where’s Waldo.
DreamWorks, a sponsor of NYFW: Men’s, gave the designers creative freedom to reinterpret their favorite character and work them into their design. The resulting 16 pieces are displayed at Skylight Clarkson Square this week, and are exclusively available for sale on Amazon Fashion.
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New York Fashion Week: Men’s will conclude on July 16.