The days of meticulously keeping track of the separate men's and women's fashion weeks on your calendar will soon be a thing of the past. Following in the footsteps of brands like Tom Ford and Vetements, Gucci announced at The New York Times International Luxury Conference in Versailles on Tuesday that it will be combining its men's and women's shows beginning in 2017, which is great because I oft forget that men's fashion week is a thing.
"Moving to one show each season will significantly help to simplify many aspects of our business," the CEO of Gucci, Marco Bizzarri, told The New York Times. "Maintaining two separate, disconnected calendars has been a result of tradition rather than practicality."
So while the logic for the merge is more "this will be cheaper for us" than "this will make fashion more inclusive," it's admittedly a step forward for an industry that prides itself on being progressive. It will also force me to remember the presence of men's fashion, which isn't the worst thing.