In a groundbreaking move, the lauded designer will bring a much-needed cultural boost to the New York men’s shows.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s is about to get a big boost next season. Today the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced that Simons will be showing his eponymous menswear line in New York—a first for the lauded Belgian designer.
After his appointment as the Creative Director at New York-based fashion house Calvin Klein, we speculated a bit on how Simons could shake up the 48-year-old company’s menswear offerings. It’s already unprecedented for a European designer to come to New York to work at a fashion house (usually, it’s the other way around), and this latest news comes as a coup to NYFW: Men’s, which has come under criticism for favoring commercially-viable labels and faces the challenge of building a larger audience.
“The CFDA is delighted to add Raf Simons to NYFW: Men’s,” says Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), in a statement on the CFDA website. “Raf is one of the most influential designers on the international fashion stage. His creativity and energy are a welcome addition as we continue to grow this important platform for American menswear.”
The next season of New York Fashion Week: Men’s is set for January 30-February 2, 2017.