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Fashion’s most fluid new trend? It’s all about being gender neutral. It wasn’t just the hyper-concentration of male models getting us hot under the collar during the latest round of London Collections: Men presentations, but the actual clothes themselves. In short, we want to borrow from the boys.
Men’s fashion is more desirable than ever, another leap forward from the androgynous Normcore trends of last summer that is landing the female fash-pack in slick shirts, culottes and some super-sharp tailoring.
So, which men’s collections will we be making our style steals from? Tom Ford was playing peacock, making an argument for the statement blazer, while we’re more than a little keen on Topman’s rockstar shearling coats – perfect for staving off the cold, and enamoured fans alike.
Equally shaggy-looking were the models at Margaret Howell, all of them sporting a much more relaxed attitude to tailoring. With slouchy cashmere and boxy silhouettes, this minimalist style is the most transferable into a feminine wardrobe – and somewhat of a uniform amongst those in-the-know.
If Christopher Bailey was sending any message at Burberry Prorsum (above), it was that now is a time to stand out from the crowd, with his models toting handbags in a variety of colours and textures, and swathed in prints.
And off the runway? Beloved for her boyish demeanour and tomboy attitude, Cara Delevingne this week starred in the DKNY menswear campaign, cutting a cool sartorial line and gender style binaries in one major scoop.
Noting that gender influence is very much a two-way street, there were also distinct feminine influences on the runway.
Young powerhouse J.W Anderson was outlining a lack of identity in the modern generation with an androgynous collection that could be boxed to no gender, character or stereotype (below left). Proving that the female fashion trends do translate, the 70s held a strong presence with high-waisted trousers, peter-pan collars and ruffles contributing to the ‘one-for-all’ vibe.
At Alexander McQueen (above right), Sarah Burton added floral details to a distinctly military inspired collection (homage to the First World War centenary just passed) whilst at Matthew Miller, shifts were two-a-penny – a chic addition to any worker-day wardrobe.
So, gentlemen, you have our attention. All that’s left to do is plan which styles to steal first.