Celine Joins Men's Fashion Week

Celine Joins Men's Fashion Week

Hedi Slimane made the decision just months after launching the menswear division for his debut, co-ed show.

Hedi Slimane made the decision just months after launching the menswear division for his debut, co-ed show.

Text: Chloe Laguette Anderson

Celine has officially joined the menswear calendar. The news comes as a heavy hitter for the Paris men's line-up this January. Celine's creative director, Hedi Slimane, launched the label's menswear division in his debut show, which included a co-ed cast of models walking down the the SS19 runway.

This follows news of Givenchy also switching back to the menswear fashion calendar for their announced FW19 show to take place on January 16th.

Celine is still in discussion with the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on setting an exact date for the show, which, according to a spokesperson may potentially display a handful of women's designs, though no official decision has been made yet.

Slimane's original launch of the menswear division as a co-ed show helped set the pattern for brands to show men's and women's pieces at the same time. Maison Margiela had its own first co-ed show for the SS19 season. Additionally, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Haider Ackermann, and Sonia Rykiel featured models of all genders on the runway. It seems brands are realizing the untapped commercial potential of the men's market.

LVMH is making a clear, strategic high-profile push into the menswear industry, with Off-White designer Virgil Abloh's historic menswear debut for Louis Vuitton. Celine and Givenchy are adding to the fire, alongside new designers who were appointed at Dior Homme and Berluti over the past year.

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