In our humble opinion, WWD is best when they embrace their rabble-rousing tendencies, as they did today by ignoring a request from the CFDA to keep quiet about the details of an invitation-only debriefing on the upcoming inaugural edition of New York Fashion Week: Men's.
Capsule was present at the meeting, but we will neither confirm nor deny any of WWD's report, other than to note that the majority of attendees seemed enthusiastic and excited about New York's first standalone men's fashion week (as are we).
Here are some noteworthy details from WWD's Wikileaks moment:
“Ambassadors” will be sought for men’s fashion week, who will be American celebrities or sports figures known for their style.
CFDA expects to have about 20 shows in two venue rooms [at Skylight] that can be configured in different ways to accommodate up to 450 people.
One change is that New York Men’s Day, the showcase for emerging designers spearheaded by [Erin] Hawker of Agentry PR, will now be held on Monday, July 13 and the CFDA shows will run Tuesday through Thursday.
Designers who have committed to participate include Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Public School, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons, Robert Geller, Duckie Brown, Patrik Ervell, Timo Weiland and Kent & Curwen. Tommy Hilfiger, an early champion of the initiative, will also take part in some form. But not all of the designers will hold runway shows. Calvin Klein and John Varvatos, for instance, still intend to show in Milan, while Thom Browne will remain in Paris. And Ralph Lauren has not committed to participate in any way.
Despite the secrecy and speculation, one thing that remains clear is that we will be hearing a lot more about New York Fashion Week: Men's in advance of the opening day of the event on July 14.