Gender Free Fashion Is Finally Carefree
I'm always scouring London's streets for new trends, hunting for something zingy which can be interpreted in style. Alight to the repression of the LGBT community, it's so refreshing to see a gender neutral focus reflected in clothes. Not only is it sticking two fingers up to homophobic society, but with it buries the set-in-stone traditions of girls in pink, boys in blue.
Minimalist bloggers were a hint at what curve was to come in fashion. Blacks, navies and soft colours paired with wide-legged culottes and longline coats: it's effortless, yet the flow of the look seeps sophistication.
I personally prefer LC:M over LFW, as it's thrilling to see the menswear industry take off in a new direction. Eagerly waiting for a merge in clothes, Milan Fashion Week 2016 was really where I saw the breakthrough: Westwood's gender fluidity campaign. It was Vivienne who stated herself when she was going through her teens: "I thought I was turning into a boy - and it didn't bother me". The freedom that was showcased was not only admirable, but fun; toying with masculine trousers for girls and dresses on boys. If Vivienne's doing it, then it's a culture that will catch on quick.
Young designer Charles Jeffrey, who I've adored for ages, is stamping his style with true anarchy in London. His Loverboy collection is breaktakingly fresh, swapping catwalks for sweaty testosterone club scenes. It's not just designers either. Zara has just launched a unisex line under their diffusion name. Androgyny is all around, and it's wonderful to see it kicking off.
Article by Dora Samantha Jagger for Kwaleö
- Grace Howard