Gucci, a design house that has been known as the essence of heterosexual (really, really sexual) relationships in part thanks to Tom Ford's epic reign and racy advertising, at the helm of new creative director Alessandro Michele debuted its gender-mixed Resort 2016 collection in Milan. Chiseled cheeked, skinny men wore bow blouses and high-waisted bell-bottoms while the woman wore boyish two-piece velvet suits. Other designers have followed suite: JW Anderson, Givenchy and Prada have all put out collections bending the lines of binary gender rules.Thanks in part to the popularity of transgender models like Andreja Pejic and Hari Nef and the outspokenness of gender fluidity from celebrity figures like Ruby Rose and Miley Cyrus, society is finally changing; evidently fashion is following the trend, as it usually tends to do. The discussion has been brought to the table, and the idea of gender has never been as personal to the individual as it is today.A crop of new, lesser-known designers are inspired by androgyny, basing their entire collections off the concept. L.A.-based denim brand 69 Worldwide, of which the designer has remained unidentified (ergo, it could be a male or female), creates clothes meant for males, females or anywhere in between. Unisex collections created with the same idea in mind include Rad Hourani, One DNA and Nicopanda.
Moda masculina: O homem colorido da Gucci Resort 2016... Coleção linda e super #genderless. Mais fotos lá no blog #uberfashion #gucci #modamasculina #Menswear #mensstyle #menstrend #mensfashion #mensstyle #style #uber #uberman #modaparahomens #modaprahomem #mode #AlessandroMichele #Gucciresort #guystyle #riodejaneiro #yup #dope #überfashion
We can't help but wonder, though: Are we just watching women dress up in men's clothing (and vice versa) or are we really seeing the limiting constructs of gender disappear? If we are in fact seeing a glimpse into a "post-gendered future," why do still continue label clothes "male" or "female"? Maybe one day we will see a time when those labels no longer exist, but only time will tell. For now, we'll keep wearing our boyfriend's sweater with pride.
Introducing our latest macro trend Neutral Culture. We are beginning to see early adopters and innovators challenge rigid classifications of identity and replace them with visions that are more personal and nuanced. @69us is a no-gender, no-demographics brand that we believe offers a glimpse into a post-gendered future. #MacroTrend #NeutralCulture #GenderNeutral #Agender #Diversity #69Worldwide #Fashion Image credit: @69us Autumn Winter 2015 collection