Are designers playing the unification game?

UNITY is a strong word, a strong action and emotion, so when I noticed that fashion houses had nonchalantly began to unify the runways, by bringing together both menswear and womenswear talk about panic would this mean the near end of Mens Fashion Week?

Would we be seeing headlines such as Men’s fashion week is dying, Do we still actually need Mens fashion week?

Breaking News: Kim Jones, the man behind the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration is leaving Louis Vuitton – it is rumoured he may head to Burberry or Versace. Jones presented his leg collection on Thursday in Paris. Shayne Oliver is no longer “guest designer” at Helmut Lang a new designer is about to be announced maybe Kanye West or Solange after they modelled in the most recent Helmut Lang campaign.

Alexander Wang will shift his Pre-Collection schedule to 17th January 2018. Last season at NYFW he staged a WANG FEST taking his collection to the streets, Wang will present only two biannual mainland collections a year in New York in June and December.

Alexander Wang stated in a statement:

“We have been exploring many different approaches to our product launches through collaborations such as Adidas Originals and special capsules to measure customer response,” said Wang in a statement. “Our shows will reinforce our brand’s DNA to our global customers and fans while we continue to be focused in our product offering. This new cadence will allow us to speak to our global customer in different conversations that are not limited to just fashion week twice a year.”

British designer Jonathan Anderson will amalgamate his menswear and womenswear runway shows, starting this Autumn/Winter 2018 the first merged collection will be shown during London’s womenswear Fashion week.

Balenciaga unified their runway for both menswear and womenswear for their Autumn/Winter 2018 collection to be shown at Paris Fashion Week, the brand also launched a men’s pre-collection this January 2018.

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