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Blurred Lines: Why Gender-Neutral Fashion Is the New Normal

Blurred Lines: Why Gender-Neutral Fashion Is the New Normal
Tunic by Public School. Shoes by O'Keeffe. 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. I liked the look of the women's denim that was gaining popularity at the time: flat-hipped, boot-legged, and low-riding. 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. Maybe that's because it's getting harder to tell the women's department from the men's. Too "effeminate," "androgynous," "flamboyant," or "fey"? The upshot: more choice, and not just for risk-takers on fashion's cutting edge. 17th Century

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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. 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.

Why Facebook has become so important to the sign language community Sign language users once had to meet at local deaf clubs to have conversations and share their views. Now, video on social media means things have changed, says deaf journalist Charlie Swinbourne. There was a time when sign language users had to go to a local club to shoot the breeze, share advice or have any kind of conversation. 3 Designers on How They Define Unisex Fashion Genderless fashion is in the air, from boundary-pushing unisex lines like Hood by Air to the Gucci men's runway, which incorporated pussy-bow blouses and lace. As part of Pitti Immagine, the multidimensional fashion fair on now in Florence, Pitti director Agostino Poletto spearheaded Open, a unisex showcase. “Overcoming the rigid distinction between the traditional male and female universes” was the goal, Poletto told the Cut.

Guggenheim Bilbao: The future of design is Africa Not according to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a denizen of contemporary art. Rather, the curators believe the continent's artists and architects are shaping the future of design entirely. Co-curators Amelie Klein and Petra Joos note that despite common perceptions that shape Africa as a land of "famine, corruption, or imposing landscapes," one of the most defining features of the continent is innovation. "The world as we know it is in transformation -- politically, economically, socially, culturally and technologically. No Sir retail platform addresses male-dominated industry Terese Alstin, founder of inflatable-helmet brand Hövding, has launched an online shop and a Malmö showroom presenting the work of independent women designers from around the world (+ slideshow). The No Sir platform showcases design from a range of disciplines including illustration, lighting, furniture and textiles, with many of the products new to the Swedish market. "No Sir is a tribute to female designers who, on top of being innovative, creating amazingly unique things and running their companies, must fight for recognition and prove themselves over and over again," Alstin told Dezeen. The majority of products are from lesser-known designers, with names including Camille Walala, Marlène Huissoud and Pia Wüstenberg, although there are some male and female design duos such as Daniel Emma. Alstin set up No Sir to offer an alternative to the "hierarchical and male-dominated" design industry. "This project is both madly motivating and deeply personal," Alstin told Dezeen.

SLMMSK Anti-Selfie App For the selfie-obsessed out there (and even those who aren't yet into the craze), a new alternative is afoot and it's carrying some Orwellian vibes. Glitché's latest iOS app SLMMSK uses face recognition software and the phone's front-facing camera to take an image and mask the subject's identity in a variety of clever ways. With 10 edgy filter options, the app can drop a censor bar over users' eyes, capture their photo in an array of CCTV-like granulation and even pop a smiley face right on someone's head—in a way that's more eerie than cute. All the while, affixing a timestamp. Instead of seeking to land the best angles, SLMMSK creates something darker and—more importantly—different. While there are plenty of creative uses for censored imagery, the app also just happens to be good fun.

​Should retailers promote genderless shopping? A century ago, the high-end British department store Selfridges was founded on the revolutionary idea that shopping should be fun. Now, it's pushing another radical change: genderless shopping. Through its Agender concept store, Selfridges is selling clothing, accessories and beauty supplies that, it says, "transcend notions of 'his' and 'hers'." While that might seem like a niche market to many Americans, it could just prove to be the future of fashion within the next few years. According to market researcher NPD Group, "our nation is degenderizing," with fashion designers creating genderless fashion in response. Athletic apparel from brands such as The North Face and Patagonia is often already relatively gender-free, given that hoodies are basically the same whether they're designed for men or women, NPD noted.

Alma Haser’s “Cosmic Surgery” Pop-Up Book German born, UK-based artist Alma Haser’s popular, mind-bending project “Cosmic Surgery” consists of portraits that have been enhanced—and made considerably stranger—by the addition of origami shapes. Haser initially made the origami masks to use for self-portraits, attaching them to her face with elastic bands, but realized that the process of placing them on already-printed portraits and re-photographing them was a more comfortable way to get the same effect. The resulting series, which came out a couple of years ago, is thoroughly fascinating. The origami gives the portraits an almost alien feel, and the addition of multiple sets of eyes means that people start looking vaguely arachnid. And yet the pictures are beautiful and thought provoking, something that the name “Cosmic Surgery” underlines—even though the title was unintentional," Haser tells CH. “The name ‘Cosmic Surgery’ came about after I spent an evening with my family, discussing cosmetic surgery.