The runways have been dismantled, the skinny boys have packed themselves off on their gap year and the photographers have migrated to Couture week. Mens fashion week has finished and I found myself keeping tabs on the proceedings with great interest. Because I don’t know about you but I do find this whole ‘high street copies designers’ game a bit predictable and samey. So why not ‘high street copies the mens collections’? I caught myself looking at the mens shows and thinking ‘how would I wear that?’ For example I really liked Burberry’s new jacket proportions and I reckon they would translate very easily to the womens market, can’t you just imagine one of these shrugged on over a stripy T-shirt dress with heeled ankle boots? I can! Gucci got me with their bags and shoes – a juicy turquoise tote, snazzy embroidered lace-up and a multi-colored loafer which I can easily see working in a tri-tone of red, pink and orange with an anklebone-grazing cigarette pant. Over at YSL, suits, shirts and blouson jackets were configured in fine womenswear silk gazars, organzas and voiles but I must admit, I was more taken with the fabby styling, I would quite happily rip this gold suit look off head to toe, perhaps switching the tie for some sort of silk scarf arrangement. Newcomer Richard Chai’s preppy-punk mash-up was gorgeously executed, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see an appropriation in Topman sometime soon, ditto Maison Margiela’s wear-everyday trench jacket.
There’s been a lot of ruminating in the press over the merging of menswear and womenswear but in this day and age it’s not that surprising – why can’t we wear each other’s gender’s stuff? The more savvy high street stores are already on to this with the likes of Uniqlo and TopMan becoming popular with lateral-thinking girls because sizes run small and prices are keen, plus the clincher – there’s little chance of running into your arch fashion rival rocking the same jacket (unless ‘she’ of course, is a he).
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