Raf Simons' Debut Calvin Klein Show Will Feature Both Men And Women

The brand's new chief creative officer's highly-anticipated debut show will combine the men's and women's ready-to-wear collections into one show – a first for the brand

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In an industry that increasingly celebrates diversity, inclusion and experimentation, it seems bizarre that the fashion world continues to separate fashion into menswear and womenswear.

After all, in recent years we've bore witness to the rising popularity of unisex clothing – thanks to brands such as APC, Gucci and New York label Vaquera – which has grown symbiotically with improved awareness and acceptance of diverse gender identities.

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But thankfully, designers like Raf Simons are spearheading the launch of collections that feature the full gender spectrum in one catwalk show.

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According to WWD, Calvin Klein's new chief creative officer has revealed his debut collection, on 10th February, will include both ready-to-wear menswear and womenswear, taking the slot of womenswear on the catwalk schedule of shows that day.

Similar to designers such as Tomas Maier, who featured both men's and women's at Bottega Veneta SS17 show at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year, Gucci, Tom Ford and Ashish Gupta, who unveiled his SS16 collection last year with the help of men and women strutting down the catwalk wearing slip dresses and heels, Simons' decision marks a positive step towards ridding the industry of gender binaries that separate men's and women's fashion.

The designer has previously shed light on his aim to bring the industry into the modern-day, saying, telling Dazed, 'I've come to really question the system. As much as I am part of it, I have to question it for the simple reason that I wonder how far it can go'

Let the February countdown commence.

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