Boys, like girls, girls like boys
Half of fashion discoveries over the past hundred years was based on breaking gender stereotypes.
It would seem that a woman dress up in a tuxedo, as Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, or a man in a dress, Jonathan Anderson in 2008 - and the trick is done. The scandal - the best advertisement, and fight for the right to be themselves - the most noble motive.
But dressing as a method of shocking obsolete, and designers are increasingly advocate the neutrality of styles, colors and decor. Thus the concept of gender neutral - clothes, devoid of gender.
Reservation, it is not the same as the familiar style of the 1990s unisex: it is not about flexibility, but about removing labels - and with the people and things.
Fashion brands producing clothes "for all» (Rad Hourani, One DNA and others); shops with collections Agender and the same - sexless - mannequins (as at Selfridges last spring); transgender people in advertising (Andrea Pejic for Make Up For Ever, and Hari and Nave de Valenteyn for Hing & Other Stories); men couture show Maison Margiela - only lazy designer for the past few months do not expressed in the spirit of relevant topics.
All these examples - a kind of invasion of men in traditionally female territory: the talk about gender-neutral fashion started with a big change in men's fashion.
Pastel shades, skirts, touching prints and floral patterns on the boys models seen the first season, but in the collections of the next summer, shown in July, denoting a radical change: a look at Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Valentino, Gucci, Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten and classic androgynous genre JW Anderson.
It seems that the creative directors cabinets shaken up their girlfriends! Play with the concepts of power, sexuality and gender particularly evident designers out on the contrast.
Only if a woman in a suit-deuce (hit this fall at all - from Prada and Dior to Céline, Stella McCartney and "hero of the day» Giorgio Armani) have very few people confused, then to a man in a skirt still have questions.
Freedom, individuality, the rejection of the framework - it all goes well and the new canons of beauty on the catwalk, and the depreciation of the format «it», which we have already mentioned, and with a new perception of gender.
Are they interchangeable gloomy heroes of the Belgian avant-garde designers, who have long succeeded in gender experiments or lose - find out on the podium by a matter of days. But whether we will share with their favorite dresses and suits - time will tell.