The ‘Mix’ on the Catwalks
Something interesting happened at the Autumn/winter 2015 Milan Fashion Week. For the first time, you could see a ‘mix’ of male & female models!
The Gucci Show, Alessandro Michele’s 1st collection as creative director (although he has been at the brand since 2002), featured 40 female models and 5 male. In the backstage of the show, Alessandro Michele said:
“sexuality is on the inside”
Telegraph.co.uk said: “Michele is a big supporter of unisex clothes”.
Imogen Fox as a Head of Fashion for the Guardian.com also said in a recent article:
Models wore pussy bow blouses and embroidered silk dressing gowns with fur sleeves; pink lace shorts followed men in hairclips. Flared tracksuits made way for Lurex blouses, pie crust collars and large lapels. Handbags were carried by men with Robert Peston hair and Jarvis Cocker glasses. Prints recalled the floral wallpaper of 1970s sitcoms. It was a challenge to masculinity, albeit a beautifully embroidered one. Michele said breezily that masculinity was about beauty and that you could interpret that how you wanted.
But Gucci wasn’t the only one who came with this ‘mix’ and toyed with androgyny.
Givenchy’s Fall 2015 Menswear in Paris Fashion Week also included women. For Givenchy the female models were wearing clothes that were undoubtedly feminine, but the male models’ outfits definitely erred on the side of androgyny, and the gender lines were blurred further with the use of dramatic makeup.
While men & women have definitely been features in the same campaigns in the past, ‘mixing’ on the catwalk is a new and interesting development.
What do you think? Do you like this new ‘mix’ or is it merely for effect? Do you think it will become trendy? Should men & women wear the same things?
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