“In fashion, the line between genders is an ever blurred one. Just a few weeks ago Gucci put men on the catwalk during its autumn/winter 2015 womenswear show, but it took a second look to realise that, yes, they were actually men, so androgynous was the collection’s styling.”
Gucci’s A/W ’15. Images courtesy of Vogue.com
“This is nothing new of course; Yves Saint Laurent channelled androgyny when he created ‘Le Smoking’ in 1966 , a riff on the classic men’s tuxedo, and the brand’s current creative director, Hedi Slimane, has made his rock’n’roll aesthetic so unisex that his men’s and women’s collections blend seamlessly, proving gender is no longer binary when it comes to fashion. Likewise, in recent years the menswear trend has been a prevalent one in women’s fashion, thanks to brands like Céline, which have made the aesthetic highly desirable. With this notion now fully infiltrating fashion design, it’s little surprise that it’s starting to infiltrate retail. Last week, Selfridges launched Agender, a ‘gender-neutral’ shopping experience designed by Faye Toogood, sprawled across three floors of the Oxford Street store, which aims to remove the separation between men’s and women’s clothing. There is also an Agender section online and in its Manchester and Birmingham stores.”
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