Trends in the fashion world come and go. What is hot one day may be a fashion faux pas the very next. However, the latest fashion trend is not a daring color that every designer is incorporating in their line, or a new style of handbag, but instead designers are taking risks and joining part in what is being called the “femiman” trend.
For the past three seasons, designers have been abandoning the idea of males and females staying within their particular gender roles and have begun to incorporate models that fit more of an androgynous style and model in both male and female garments.
Probably the most popular, Lea T. graced the Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign for Givenchy, lighting the fashion world a buzz. I recall hearing about Riccardo Tisci’s latest muse and seeing the images on various news programs and magazines, questioning if this was the future for fashion.
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A year later, I would have to say…yes! Fashion is more than just clothing or self-expression; it is a way of life. And as we all know, in the world of fashion, life imitates art. Within in the fashion world, there has always been a very progressive state of mind and whether it took time or not, the rest of the world eventually caught up.
Earlier this year, a young Serbian boy by the name of Andrej Pejic, strutted the runway at Jean-Paul Gaultier’s spring 2011 couture show, closing it dressed in a gorgeous wedding gown. Since then, Pejic has been named as the face of Marc Jacob’s spring 2011 campaign and has gone on to also walk in Gaultier’s men’s line for Paris Fashion week.
Designers and model’s alike seem to be embracing the idea of this fluidity within the relationship between gender and fashion and it now poses the question of how long until this idea walks right off of the runway and into everyday life. I suppose only time will tell if this unconventional style will soon become the norm for designers, and even more so for the fashion-goers all around, both male and female.