With societal changes in shedding gender norms, fashion has slowly embraced the shift towards genderless styles over the past several years. However the Spring/Summer 2022 season showed that the budding trend has become a core value for designers and their collections. Though, the prevalence of menswear on the runway for women is nothing new for fashion’s forward-thinking minds. Like Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s Chanel suit and Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking jacket revolutionized unisex fashion for women, the realm of menswear colliding with womenswear has slowly developed incorporating more groundbreaking styles.
This season, menswear will be a commodity as a trend this spring, in classic cuts of big blazers and tailored pants, menswear creates a tailored and polished look, and when done right, can be chic in its own way. Breaking the boundaries of femininity with modern and contemporary versions of the suit and tuxedo, menswear on the runway has transcended beyond the average blazers. Coming in new forms and variations such as cropped blazers and wide parachute pants as trousers, menswear has been always championed on the runway.
In classic and preppy, school-girl looks, Dior played on menswear with crisp button-ups and blazers and vests in slim fits. With very few patterns and using a multitude of different collars and necklines, this kept the looks clean and well-rounded. Pops of color would make an appearance, in bright orange and green, adding to each look with youthful colors.
Tweeds and plaids in an all-sea-blue-and-beige color scheme, Armani’s looks were both feminine and masculine. Feminine touches like a cinched waist and dainty kitten heels, these aspects added movement to each look. Parachute pants were consistent through the show, balancing out the slim-fitting blazers. Slicked back low buns would add to each look, creating a boyish and sleek vibe.
Fendi’s recent claim to fame, which has been an essential designer taking part of the recent Y2K trend, would take on menswear in the form of suits, paired with tiny bra tops, jeweled with a Fendi logo in the middle. The trousers are in a wide and flowy fit, and an exaggerated pleat in the middle, contrasting the fit of the pants. Silk and sheer Y2K-inspired sunglasses would add to the look, which made them look modern and wearable.
Using menswear as a true inspiration, Louis Vuitton cherry-picked different aspects of menswear with slim ties and Victorian collars. Louis Vuitton’s version of the blazer came in an ultra-large and wide fit, with pointed, abstract hemlines. Denim would be incorporated into looks, pairing a slinky slip dress with jeans for a more rugged and masculine look.
Combining both streetwear and menswear, Givenchy’s latest collection is edgy and clean, with the right amount of angular silhouettes and timeless essentials that would create a look that’s chic and avant-garde. Givenchy uses classic blazers with flaring peplum details and plaids that are reminiscent of an ordinary suit your dad would wear.
Reviving genderless fashion at its finest, Valentino revolutionizes genderless fashion and the binary of masculine and feminine by embracing ideas of the new generation, refreshing the runway with looks that were both billowing and frilly, while still being structured and rugged. This play on the gender binary allows each look to flow between the two, creating looks that have movement and character.
Limitations of fashion are no longer present, with menswear and womenswear both becoming one. Genderless fashion has consistently been revolutionized over time and has been a timeless inspiration for designers. Incorporating these elements and utilizing them in distinct ways, pioneers like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent paved way for genderless fashion that will forever be a part of the runway.END
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