Calvin Klein Collection to Adopt a Co-Ed Runway at NYFW for the First Time
New designer, new runway concept. Under the helm of its recently appointed chief creative officer Raf Simons, Calvin Klein has announced its plan to show both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear just a few months ahead of the designer’s highly anticipated debut in February—a first for the brand.
And it looks like going co-ed is becoming the next big industry trend (you might remember last season’s buzzy “see now, buy now, wear now” initiative, in which designers offered consumers the opportunity to purchase items fresh off the runway). This news arrives after Bottega Veneta officially announced its plans to do away with separate shows earlier this week—a decision made after showing both men’s and women’s during its 50th anniversary show in September. Both Calvin Klein and Bottega Veneta join an increasingly growing list of brands who have already adopted genderless runways, including Gucci, Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Paul Smith.
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In this day and age where gender norms are increasingly blurred and gender fluidity is celebrated, it’s about time, right?