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New York Fashion Week: Men's - round up and buyer reviews

Buyers tell us their thoughts on the first edition of NYFW: Men’s, alongside higlights from the four-day event

Following in the footsteps of London Collections: Men, New York this month launched its menswear dedicated catwalk schedule. Separating out from its womenswear counterpart for the first time, the new event gave emerging brands and bigger designers a proper platform to show their collections, that most importantly fell at a time much better suited to the menswear buying schedule. But what did the buyers think of the shows?

Toby Bateman, buying director at Mr Porter

Toby Bateman, Mr Porter

Toby Bateman, Mr Porter

Why did you decide to attend NYFW: Mens?

It’s an exciting evolution for the men’s fashion industry in New York and while we’re here we’ll be on the look-out for original talent and new voices within the industry, as well as supporting the brands we have relationships with.

What did you think of its first season?

It makes sense to have a dedicated few days for men’s following so soon after the European shows. It makes for a more succinct buying schedule and it allows for us to better observe all of the spring 16 shows in one thoughtful succession.

What are the positives and negatives of it?

It’s not about weighing up pros and cons, but what I will say is that we’re delighted that it’s a more forward schedule. Showing in July rather than September is very beneficial for buyers.

Reece Crisp, designer and contemporary buyer at Harvey Nichols

Reece Crisp, Harvey Nichols

Reece Crisp, Harvey Nichols

Why did you decide to attend NYFW: Mens?

A lot of newness has come out of US, and in particular New York, over the past few seasons so it was a great opportunity to find something new and unique to add to our offer.

What did you think of it?

I think the CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America] have done a really great job with their first New York fashion week for men and my feeling is that it will get stronger in seasons to come. The schedule was busy but well thought out, and there has been a good energy.

What were your highlights?

John Elliott + Co was a real highlight. His military inspired collection was on point. It was great to see Rochambeau’s first show. The live performance from The Prayers gave the show another dimension. Tim Coppens was another favourite. He just keeps moving the collection on, season after season.

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