Blurred Lines: Why Gender-Neutral Fashion Is the New Normal. I can finally come out with it, because it's not that big deal of a "reveal" anymore: About half of my older blue jeans (and some of my khakis and cords) are women's brands purchased by either me or my wife over the years.
What can I say? They spoke to me more than what was on the men's racks at the time. I wasn't interested in a feminine silhouette, zippered ankles, or a skinny tapered leg that would Russell Brand me out. Zara Debuts Genderless Clothing. How Genderless Dressing is More Than a Trend. Fashion Week is, of course, when designers present their new collections to the world and with that their interpretations of the trends for the coming seasons.
Except this time things were different. The runways of recent have been distinctly more androgynous than we have seen before. 5 gender-neutral brands that are defying the fashion industry - The Metropolist. Gender fluidity, gender-neutral – those are terms bandied about in the fashion world, with labels such as Vuitton, Gucci or Vetements at the forefront of a battle to recognise society’s changing attitude towards the traditional masculine-feminine divide.
So much so that even high street is getting in on the bandwagon. Case in point – Zara has recently introduced its ‘Ungendered’ collection under its Trafaluc line. A bold move in theory, but it has made many heads shake in dismay and disappointment. Will Genderless Fashion Change Retail? (L-R) Raf Simons Menswear Spring/Summer 2014, Gucci Menswear Autumn/Winter 2015, J.W Anderson Menswear Spring/Summer 2014 | Source: Indigital LONDON, United Kingdom — Alessandro Michele’s womenswear debut for Gucci was, by far, the most anticipated show of Milan Fashion Week.
How would Michele attempt to re-reinvigorate Kering’s ailing cash cow, after chief executive François-Henri Pinault said in December that the brand needed a fresh point of view and more daring shows? The answer: bookish, pussy-bow wearing boys and girls, sharing both the runway and the same tailoring, shoulder-length locks and cut-glass cheekbones. Genderless fashion: a fad or the future? Fashion has always blurred the male and female gender divide, but recent seasons have seen a rise in genderless collections.
Is this just a passing trend or is there a shift taking place as awareness and acceptance of non-binary gender goes mainstream? Ungendered by Zara In March, Zara joined the conversation with Ungendered, a subsection of its TRF range available online and in 29 UK stores. This “gender-neutral” collection focuses on basics such as T-shirts, jeans and hoodies in neutral colours. Similarly, department store Selfridges introduced its Agender initiative in March 2015, dedicated to more design-led clothing and accessories, sold without any gender categorisation.