New York Fashion Week: Men’s continued its downward spiral this week as the number and caliber of participating brands slid even further.
The official calendar listed only 23 labels over the three days with Todd Snyder and N. Hoolywood the biggest and best-known names. The biggest chunk participated as part of Agentry PR’s New York Men’s Day, where 10 brands were featured.
The anemic calendar drew few retailers — Bergdorf Goodman’s Bruce Pask was the only identifiable merchant spotted in the front row — and top editors were few and far between.
Even so, Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, said men’s-only dates will continue to be part of the official calendar going forward. The dates will be in June — as they were last year — at the same time as women’s resort and right after the organization’s annual awards presentation.
But aside from setting the dates, the CFDA is no longer providing any financial support and has pretty much left the decision to show up to the individual brands.
Speaking to WWD at the Todd Snyder show Wednesday night, Kolb said, “It’s just an organic group of shows. We realized after producing shows for four years

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