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Gender-Bending Style: How Androgynous Men's Fashion Translates Into Mass Markets. If you actively follow menswear, it may seem that there’s a new men’s fashion week every few days or so -- and for the past month, there basically has been. With Europe having just wrapped major menswear events in Milan, London and Paris, the spotlight is now on the inaugural edition of New York Fashion Week: Men’s (July 13 – 16). Huge industry players showing include Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger, alongside fashion kid favourites Public School, Rag & Bone and Alexandre Plokhov.

The star power is practically blinding. By mere existence, men’s fashion weeks prove there is a strong and growing menswear markets. The difference between men’s fashion weeks and their more established female counterparts is that much of what you see on the boys’ catwalks won’t be on the rack come next season, even in fast fashion knock-offs. A large part of it is it’s simply too gender bending. Celebrities like Jaden Smith have also pushed this notion of comfort and self-expression.

The designer bringing genderless clothing to the masses. LONDON — Nicola Formichetti likes to do things a little differently. But then, his career trajectory differs somewhat from your average fashion designer. The 38-year-old cut his teeth working on fashion magazines like Dazed and Confused and Harper's Bazaar USA, before being drafted as Lady Gaga's stylist. Currently artistic director of Diesel, Formichetti has recently launched the denim brand's latest ad campaign on Porn Hub and YouPorn — proof that he's still marching to the beat of his own drum.

"I thought to myself, "OK, what are the biggest, most-watched websites? " And, going deeper is precisely what Formichetti plans to do. Image: Robert Lang/Splash News/Corbis During New York fashion week in September 2015, Formichetti's gender-fluid fashion brand Nicopanda had men in sheer pink tops, frilly dresses and skirts. Agender clothing isn't anything new, however.

Though progressive, Formichetti's approach to de-gendering clothing is also realistic. "Are you crazy? Watch What Happened When 4 People Tried On Gender-Neutral Clothing | The Huffington Post. Zara Genderless Clothing Line 2016 - Non Binary. It's not the first time Zara's parent company, Inditex, has added genderless clothing to its inventory: Inditex-ownedPull&Bear has offered unisex apparel in past seasons, according to Harper's Bazaar Spain.

Recently, more and more retailers have dabbled in gender-free offerings. Last year, British department store Selfridges introduced a pop-up called Agender at both its London flagship and online. Stateside, Target announced a few months later that it would remove any gender-specific signage and colours from its children's bedding and toy sections. (Also, let's not forget that American Apparel has stocked unisex inventory for quite some time.) Zara's announcement represents a huge step in the mainstream fashion space. Agender - The Concept Store. As part of Agender, Selfridges is creating a unique genderless shopping experience across fashion, accessories and beauty. The Concept Space, devised by renowned designer Faye Toogood, is an environment in which you are given the freedom to transcend notions of 'his' and 'hers', as you simply find your most desired item by colour, fit and style. Including exclusive designs by both world-renowned and upcoming designers, complemented by exciting beauty launches, these products mark a significant turning point in the way we think about fashion, beauty and style.

Welcome to the future of genderless shopping. What does 'agender' mean to you? Agender literally means 'without gender', but it also suggests a plan of action or an ideological goal. This projects sets out an agenda to move fashion forward and to reflect the realities of the way we live now. Tell us about the space you've designed in store. Why do you think this campaign feels right for now? Meet Siobhan Atwell, the Transgender Model-of-the-Moment. Though models are paid to be seen and not necessarily heard, the industry has lately become a platform for the transgender voice. Barneys, H&M, and Givenchy are just a handful of brands that have enlisted transgender talent to bring life to their ad campaigns; gender fluidity has been a pervading theme in collections as of late; and designers have looked to rising stars like Andreja Pejic, Lea T, and Hari Nef to walk their runways.

Some of these famous faces’ stories have played out before our very eyes—most notably that of Pejic, who first came onto the scene as Andrej and posed as both male and female before transforming into the female model she is today. Model Siobhan Atwell is taking a leaf from Pejic’s book. She announced publicly last month that she had made the decision to fully transition. Over the last year, though, photographers had been more interested in Atwell’s feminine side, which she says played a large part in her decision to transition. Why Women Are Walking the Men’s Runways This Season. What’s the point of showing women’s clothes to men? I generalize, of course—not everyone in the audience at the men’s shows is male—but, look! Lots and lots of girls have been walking runways in London and Milan these past couple of weeks, in the round of collections that are (ostensibly) aimed at showing the chaps of the menswear industry what they might like to wear, come spring 2016.

Regard! Miuccia Prada liberally studded her men’s collection with female models yesterday afternoon. I also spotted women insurgents on London runways: Nasir Mazhar’s total-black looks, Burberry girls in lace dresses and trench coats, Binx Walton walking in Stuart Vevers’s Coach men’s show, Craig Green putting out his first examples of female attire. What is this all about? See more photos of: Read Caption Vogue may earn compensation on these sales through affiliate programs. Photo: Monica Feudi / Photo: Kim Weston Arnold / Photo: Marcus Tondo / Gucci Goes Gender Neutral. Gucci did good Bravo, Gucci! Just when you thought the brand couldn’t get any better, they only go and make a major announcement that’s set to shake up the fashion calendar - for good.

Gucci are ditching their separate men’s and womenswear shows, and will instead bring both collections together for one unified show per season. While the first gender-neutral show will be held at Gucci HQ in 2017, it won’t be the first time Creative Director Alessandro Michele has put male models on the catwalk alongside his geek-chic girls – as Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri pointed out, ‘Alessandro Michele has in fact always presented his men's and women's collections together, so this is a very natural progression’. It’s not just about the catwalk, either. Alessandro commented ‘It seems only natural to me to present my men's and women's collections together. This is a super cool move from one of the hottest fashion brands in the world right now. Want more Gucci goodness? 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. No jeggings for me. I liked the look of the women's denim that was gaining popularity at the time: flat-hipped, boot-legged, and low-riding.

The cut and fit matched my Dazed and Confused–era shaggy beard, engineer boots, and fat turtlenecks better than all those baggy homeboy crotches or waists that hit above the belly button. From the Editors of Details And though I've never been busted by my guy posse for wearing women's clothes, I'm no longer self-conscious about taking a few pairs of size 10s to the dressing room. Gender-Bending Through the Ages. Inside Selfridges' radical, gender-neutral department store. We live in a world where Facebook and Google+ have introduced "infinite" gender options for users, trans models like Andreja Pejic and Hari Nef are burning up the runway; and designers like Hood By Air and Telfar break new ground in fashion every day. Is it any wonder that walking into a store and only heading for your gender-assigned aisle is starting to feel a little passé?

Enter Selfridges latest initiative, Agender, a pop-up department that aims to create a "genderless shopping experience" within the London department store. I went down to visit Agender on the opening day to see what a gender-neutral store actually looks like. Is it lightly watered by the tears of queer unicorns; adorned with the statues of LGBT heroes and feminist icons who sought to destroy gender stereotypes at every turn? You see what you mean when you enter her space. "There’s been a big change in what men and women are wearing," she says. So does Agender's radical experiment work? Designer Presents Stunning 'Genderless' Show During New York Fashion Week | T...

Gender-neutral fashion: beyond menswear and womenswear | Fashion | The Guardian. From men in wigs in the 1700s, to David Bowie and Diane Keaton’s Annie Hall in the 1970s, fashion has long toyed with gender boundaries. But this coming season, a new trend of gender-flouting suggests the next phase will be less about men in skirts, and more about men and women sharing skirts. Welcome to the world of gender-neutral fashion. An as yet untitled new documentary produced by Lena Dunham’s company, A Casual Romance Productions, is set to chart the growth in gender-nonconforming fashion. Its main subject, Rachel Tutera, 29, who works for New York tailors Bindle & Keep and describes herself as “a clothier to the LGBTQ community”, began making bespoke suits for women after years of struggling to find clothes that suited her tomboy style.

“I got used to wearing clothes that hid me,” she says. “Having this suit made for me basically reintroduced me to my body. I think people see me in a way that may actually align with how I see myself.” … we have a small favour to ask. 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. In fact, this new movement goes beyond androgyny, which implies clothing that is somewhat gender-neutral. Designers like Rick Owens and Rad Hourani have been designing genderless fashion for years, but the latest collections from more traditional fashion labels like Gucci and Prada have seen gender-neutral clothing arrive in mainstream fashion.

Even high street giant Zara recently launched an ungendered line, following in the footsteps of the department store Selfridges, whose Agender line spreads across three floors of the London flagship location. This development is more than a trend; it is evolution. Fashion is a great insight into the mentality of a time and place. Related March 6, 2014. Will Genderless Fashion Change Retail? | Intelligence | BoF. (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. Indeed, the show eradicated the last vestiges of Gucci’s hyper-sexualized Tom Ford era, which had, at times, chimed within Frida Giannini’s vision for the brand. Instead, Michele’s outing was a celebration of an aesthetic that transcended gender differences. But will genderless work at retail? Perhaps not. “For decades, we've carried interesting clothes.

“It’s the future.