Androgyny Goes Both Ways
January 16, 2013 244 Comments
There has been a trend in menswear that I don’t understand. It all started with Kanye and his skirt and leather meggings at the 12-12-12 benefit concert, and I decided to give it a pass then because I couldn’t be bothered.
But then I started seeing articles about womenswear inspired menswear on the runways. I suppose it was only a matter of time given 1) how bonkers Fashion is right now, and 2) that women have been wearing menswear inspired outfits for ages. For whatever reason, I find this a lot more awkward. Social Justice! types would claim it’s because I am restrained by gender roles, or perhaps I am limited by my white, cisgender upbringing and therefore do not understand the plight of the transvestite model, but maybe I just don’t think men in skirts or dresses as a Fall Fashion campaign is really a good business decision. It kind of limits the market, I would think.
But here are some examples of womenswear inspired menswear and my problems with them.
It’s like a leather kilt with leather leggings. I would be mad at this outfit on ANYONE, doubly since it’s Kanye and he annoys me. That much leather is almost always a bad decision. I can’t even imagine how sweaty he is under all that.
Then we have this dress and leggings from Vivienne Westwood, which was not the craziest look in her show, since a large portion of it involved what we’ll politely call color-blocking and drawn on monocles and goatees. I’m pretty sure I only looked at that show since I saw the drawn on monocles and busted up laughing.
I don’t get it. A tunic I could understand, kind of, but that is clearly a dress. He also has what look like plastic shoes. Oof.
Alexander McQueen, a designer I normally wet myself over, prominently featured dressing gowns (or bathrobes, in ‘Merica) as part of the menswear show.
And J.W. Anderson, who I know very little about, showed the male skort. Is it a skirt? Is it a pair of shorts? Is it a Fashion Tragedy? YES.
The proportions also look a bit off. I’m trying to figure out if he has CRAZY long legs, or if the skort is only barely covering his junk, since the fly looks like it’s approaching his navel. I also have thoughts on the Slutty Pirate boots, most of which are, “Why is he wearing Slutty Pirate boots?”
Then we have a dress.
I would be mad at that dress on anyone, mostly because I am not convinced that a light breeze wouldn’t result in a serious wardrobe malfunction. I’m also annoyed that I feel like I have to qualify that the dress annoys me regardless of gender, but it’s a bad dress.
And then, just to prove that JW Anderson was clearly messing with all of us, we have Slutty Pirate Steals A Hospital Gown And Attempts Surgery:
I have nothing else to say. Please don’t buy any of these outfits.
(Photo Credits: The Huffington Post, Zimbio, MetroVelvet)