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Kenzo to Combine Men's and Women's Runway Collections for Paris Couture Week

Moving forward, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim will show Kenzo's main collections in January and June.
Kenzo's spring 2017 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

Kenzo's spring 2017 runway show. Photo: Imaxtree

In another change to the ever-shifting fashion calendar, Kenzo Creative Directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim announced on Tuesday that they will combine the brand's men's and women's runway shows, beginning with its fall 2017 collection. The range will debut on Sunday, Jan. 22, closing the Paris men's shows — and just before Couture Week kicks off. Moving forward, Leon and Lim will show Kenzo's main collections on the runway in January and June.

The new format is similar to Public School's decision to bow out of the traditional fashion calendar. Like Public School, Kenzo will also maintain its presence during the fashion weeks in March and September with "Memento," which could be anything from surprise special projects and collections to events. If Kenzo's vibrant, musical runway show in collaboration with H&M was any indication of what's to come, then we're in for quite the entertaining treat.

Kenzo is the latest to join a number of major brands that have decided to consolidate their runway schedules and collections. Among them are Burberry, Tom Ford and Vetements — the latter of which will show its collections in January and June instead of during Paris Fashion Week. This fall, Paul Smith announced its first coed show, which will take place alongside Kenzo on Jan. 22, as well as Bottega Veneta combining men's and women's runway shows into two seasonal events in February and September. Raf Simons's debut for Calvin Klein will include the men's and women's fall 2017 collections together during New York Fashion Week; Gucci announced plans to combine the men's and women's runway shows into a single presentation starting in 2017, too. 

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