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Fall/Winter 2015, we hardly knew ye.
The close of women's fashion week in Paris marks the end of the F/W 15 ready-to-wear shows in the major cities and, with it, the end of another season of big budget runway extravaganzas, A-list celebrities and impressive turnouts. Oh, and there were men's shows too.
In fashion, unlike in, say, professional sports or most organized religions, those focused on women enjoy greater resources and more attention than their men's-centric counterparts. It's why Tommy Hilfiger transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a football stadium complete with a Jumbotron and goal posts for his womenswear, while his men's collection got, well, nothing.
Or, in Kardashian, the Esperanto of the Internet age: If women’s fashion shows are Kim revealing her newly bleached blonde hair in Paris, then men's fashion shows are Kylie Jenner pumping gas at a Sunoco in Calabasas. A strong and growing subsection of people care about the latter, like those of your reading this website, but it's not moving the meter to the same degree as the former.
This is, of course, in part because women's apparel and accessories simply outsell men's. And while menswear is growing at a faster rate, there's still a ways to go before the playing field, Hilfiger-branded or otherwise, is leveled.
But the disparity between the two doesn't have to be quite as vast, and the powers that be who are investing in New York's first standalone men's fashion week this summer are certainly hoping to close the gap at least a little bit. To get a jump start, let's take a look at some of what has and hasn't worked from this season's women's shows to see how we can apply it to the forthcoming, cumbersomely-titled New York Fashion Week: Men's.
Steve Dool is a writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.