LIM FOR HIM: The men’s schedule for New York Fashion Week is taking shape, and the biggest surprise so far is 3.1 Phillip Lim, which will hold its first stand-alone presentation for men’s wear, separating it from women’s. Yigal Azrouël, on the other hand, is doing the opposite, bringing men’s and women’s back together. General Idea, meanwhile, is graduating to a runway format. In less sunny news, 15 labels that presented men’s wear last season are not on the calendar at this time. Furthermore, New York lost two heavy hitters when Z Zegna and Calvin Klein returned to Milan. But there are still newcomers, including Odyn Vovk, Bespoken, Claiborne by John Bartlett, Prps, Façonnable and Timo Weiland.

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A REAL SHOE-IN: Stuart Weitzman has found a new home for his 33rd store in the U.S. — a 1,680-square-foot space on the Upper West Side. The shoeman plans to throw open the doors at 2151 Broadway at West 75th Street in early September.

SEWING KIDS: With her latest initiative, Cynthia Rowley could just be cultivating the next generation of fashion stars — or at the very least plant a stylish seed with a group of children. This afternoon, Rowley is scheduled to appear at the New York Public Library to teach children some sewing basics, from adding trims to applying ribbons and buttons. It is part of the Library Cubs Program, for which the designer serves as a committee member. “Spending time being creative with your kids is as important as a nightly bedtime story, and teaching a new generation about fashion is vital to the industry,” Rowley said. “How many kids realize that a cotton T-shirt originated with a plant, and a design?”

The children will also get a chance to find out about Rowley’s own career trajectory. She plans to read them passages from “Slim: A Fantasy Memoir,” her collection of stories that are loosely based on her life.


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