But no one is quite sure why yet.
Despite many luxury brands making moves towards blurring the gender lines, the French ready-to-wear fashion house that is Celine has confirmed that it will be splitting its menswear and womenswear collections in terms of runway shows from here on out. Consequently, the brand’s next, and first, men’s collection is set to debut in January for Fall 2019 while plans for their next women’s’ display is still in the works.
As for why the change has been made, no one can be certain as the CELINE themselves didn’t comment on what exactly pushed them to make the decision, although, no matter what it is it clearly won’t agree with the likes of Gucci and Balenciaga who have doubled down on their runway display formats.
If you had to speculate why it would likely be due to Hedi Slimane, the relatively new creative director of the house, wanting to project the brand into a new direction, and this move, of course, would allow the brand to now develop completely different aesthetics and offerings for each gender without the worry of them clashing on displays. As well as this, it will allow the brands to double the number of eyes on it as all shows and reviews from now on will have to come in pairs. I guess we will have to wait to find out what the exact motivation behind the change is.