The issue of men’s cancer will be brought to the forefront during New York Fashion Week: Men’s at the fourth annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show.
The show, which is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 5:30 at Pier59 Studios, is intended to raise awareness of men’s health issues, with a focus on prostate cancer, which takes the life of a man every 17 minutes.
This year, designers and brands including Thom Browne, Emporio Armani, Brooks Brothers, Stephen Ferber, Nick Graham, Michael Kors, Bruno Magli, Gustavo Moscoso, Ryan Seacrest Distinction and John Varvatos will reimagine the traditional blue blazer. Their designs will be shown on the runway and modeled by Alex Lundqvist, Simon Doonan, Nigel Barker, Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN’s Don Lemon, ESPN’s Jalen Rose, Power 105’s DJ Envy; Carson Kressley, actors Harry Lennix, Lee Tergenson and Jeremy Carver, and professional athletes Brian Winters and Buster Skrine. The show will be hosted by André Leon Talley.
The event will be sponsored by Janssen Oncology, which will be making a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation through Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo campaign. For anyone downloading the mobile app or visiting Donate a Photo and sharing a picture, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to the charity.
The Blue Jacket Fashion Show was founded by designer Frederick Anderson and former Condé Nast executive Laura Miller to create a platform to openly discuss men’s cancer issues with an emphasis on education, early detection, prevention and treatment options.
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer affecting men exclusively, with one in nine diagnosed in the U.S. and 14 million affected worldwide. African American men are 76 percent more likely to develop the disease than Caucasian men and are twice as likely to die from it.
Other sponsors of the evening include Black Dahlia, Curious Elixirs, Lyft, Hennessy, UroGPO, U.S. Polo Association and Saratoga Water.