Hello, fall 2011! The new fashion season gets its kickoff in New York on this Sunday with the opening of the biannual round of menswear-centric trade shows. Here’s a quick guide to the ones worth visiting, with reports from each fair to follow in the days ahead…

The producing company that started it all, ENK International will return to the stylish yet cozy venue of The Tunnel/La Venue at 608 W. 28th Street (between 11th and 12th Avenues) from Sunday, January 16, to Tuesday, January 18, with an enviable list of boutique-friendly and premium sportswear exhibitors in its Designers’ Collective (more traditional menswear and sportswear), Blue (premium denim and related), Tomorrow (up-and-coming brands and designers) and Clean (grooming) areas. Among the many, many offerings to be seen, the outstanding outerwear collection by CPT by Cockpit for fall 2011 is a definite do-not-miss. The show is also launching a special mobile phone application this season that will keep visitors abreast of the show and all its related goings-on.

Project’s new president Andrew Pollard cancelled the edition of Project NY in July 2010 with the promise to regroup and come back even stronger in January 2011. Now, the time for him to live up to that vow has arrived and exhibitors and visitors are eager to see the revamped results. The show will run from Sunday, January 16, to Tuesday, January 18, at 82 Mercer Street in SoHo. Highlights of the show promise to include the unveiling of its first ever brand development collaboration, a line of clothing based on the comic strip “Beetle Bailey,” a “Made in New York” pop-up store spotlighting local brands and attention-worthy exhibitors such as B Store, Genetic Denim, Loden Dager, Rogue, Sinclair and Spurr.

Capsule show
Capsule show
The go-to show for up-and-coming and/or directional international brands, Capsule returns to its relatively new home of Center 548 in Chelsea (548 West 22nd Street between 11th and 12th Avenues) on Monday, January 17, and Tuesday, January 18, with an assortment that spans from Europe (Moods of Norway) and the Americas (Naked and Famous) to the Southern Hemisphere (New Zealand’s streetwear fave Federation). The three principals behind producing company BPMW are connoisseurs of coolness, so this is a show that cannot be missed by buyers who are seeking the most cutting-edge in fashion and footwear.

The California-based street- and activewear show returns for its second NYC incarnation at the Chelsea Art Museum (556 West 22nd Street between 11th and 12th Avenues) on Monday, January 17, and Tuesday, January 18. Show hours are 9am to 6pm and exhibiting brands include Analog, DVS, Nixon, Obey and RVCA.

Taking place Monday, January 17, to Wednesday, January 19; this well-done showcase of mostly traditional menswear will be held at the Javits Center (34th Street and 11th Avenue) again. A highlight of this season will be a menswear trend exhibition called “A Sartorial Snowfall” curated by fashion expert Michael Macko, formerly of Saks Fifth Avenue and Details magazine, which will feature the key menswear trends for the season.

It’s invitation-only, but this boutique show for denim insiders promises to be extra-special this season as it hosts a conference about the current cotton crisis at 9am on Wednesday, January 19, at its location at 500 West 36th Street. Contact kingpinsshow.com for a potential invitation. The show runs two days, from January 18 to 19.