Recently, two pieces on the Internet have got me thinking about menswear and its place in the 21st century. BBC’s Maya Singer’s piece offers a view of where the gender pendulum is currently swinging in menswear fashion. The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman’s mention of ‘Full-On Floral’ for Men’s SS2014 collections made the topic more potent in my mind.
In Singer’s article, menswear designer Martine Rose describes how we live in a “really conservative moment”, where a man seen in skirt, dress, or (gasp!) floral is quite the scandal. I’ve got to say I agree. I mean, no one blinks an eye at a woman in palazzo pants or smoking jacket. However, Singer also categorizes the topic as ‘ivory tower’ talk, another valid point.
So what do you think? Is the world ready yet for men in halters and lace, floral and thigh-highs? Or are we already there and the real issue is the market, what’s sellable? Perhaps it opens a new dimension of androgyny, though now in menswear. Will fashion eventually all blend together, differing only in sizes and no longer gendered style? Maybe we are on the brink of a new transition in the society of clothing– how we wear it, how we see it. In any case, it got me thinking on a subject I was never very interested in prior.