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NYFW to combine men’s and women’s shows in 10-day-long event

New York Fashion Week February changes are coming

Alice and Olivia show from last NYFW

The change rippling through the fashion industry is continuing to impact the Big Four fashion weeks, with the latest news New York’s plan to consolidate into one giant event that’s 10 days long.

It’s relatively easy to do, simply because NYFW Men’s is the last event on the men’s schedule, while the women’s event is the first on that calendar. It means the organisers can run the former from February 5 through to February 7, with Raf Simons the big-name finale of that part of the ‘week’. Then NYFW (women’s) will kick-off the next day and will run until Valentine’s Day on February 14.

There are currently no plans to merge the men’s and women’s events for S/S 19, with the men’s fashion week continuing to happen in July while women’s takes place in September.

Despite the successive rather than concurrent scheduling, the CFDA said February’s NYFW is “going to be one 10-day fashion week,” with a single schedule and shows marked either by gender, or as co-ed. 

The preliminary schedule will be available within a few days and we already know Simons, plus Hugo Boss, Joseph Abboud, Perry Ellis, Todd Snyder and Ovadia & Sons will be showing men’s collections, with another big name on the verge of finalising its participation.

Overall, the shows will be spread around the city as the CFDA works to decentralise the event.

The date change is expected to benefit the men’s show the most, with some major buyers and press who are travelling to NYC for the women’s shows possibly making the journey earlier.

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