For the longest time, NYFW has focused mostly on women's collections, and the dudes had to play second fiddle in the fashion game, despite the burgeoning menswear market and increased interest in men's fashion. This year, the CFDA is bringing it back for the first time since the late 1980s, showcasing labels like John Elliott + Co., Public School, Billy Reid, and other forward thinking names in menswear.
Why dedicate a fashion week to dudes? Well, here's a little lesson: Usually when NY menswear designers are showing their stuff alongside women's clothes in September, plenty of buyers who would stock their clothes have already seen them and placed orders accordingly, since they technically finish up their orders in July. So now, designers and buyers are on the same page. Designers get to show their clothes and execute their truest vision, which hopefully builds more hype with the buyers to put their stuff on store shelves.
But like all fashion weeks, the only thing more important than the models walking down the runway, are the people styling in the streets. We went down to Clarkson Square to check out some of the well-dressed dudes in attendance and quiz them about their inspiration when getting dressed and overall personal style. We also caught up with Nick Young and hit him with the question of all questions : "WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE!?"