Fashion blurring gender roles for fashion’s sake is nothing new, but with the latest crop of agendered styles, new phenomena are emerging—retailers are dedicating entire sections to gender-free clothing and new brands are catering to gender-bending customers.
The latest incarnation of gender neutral apparel tracks back to the Fall 2015 runway season when Gucci showed pussybow blouses and lace tops for men and Prada released a manifesto on gender at a runway presentation that combined menswear and womenswear. Gender neutral fashion has shown up on the runway many times before, but it remains unclear whether, this time, the trend will trickle down to other markets, and if so, how.
Heather Picquot, director of youth and culture at Fashion Snoops, pointed out that high fashion trends have influenced the way people dress in the past. For instance, she explained how following Hedi Slimane’s tenure at Yves St. Laurent, men’s silhouettes shrunk. Picquot said that gender neutral has already influenced the overall neutralizing of the menswear palette, which now includes pink casts and grays with violet undertones.
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