Androgyny has long been a hot topic in the world of fashion, with many top
end fashion houses blurring the gender divisions by hiring male models to
showcase their womenswear collections. Now they’re even beginning to use
female models for their menswear collections.
Bosnian model Andrej Pejic’s flawless features have landed him on multiple
runways for womenswear designers including Jean-Paul Gaultier, and he has
carved a career for himself modelling as both sexes. The ambivalence of his
features has proven incredibly popular and intriguing, even for those less
interested in fashion.
Grazia recently reported on the newest member of the androgyny herd, model
Saskia de Brauw who was recently hired by Saint Laurent to model their S/S
2012 menswear collection. In the images, where the model is wearing designer
Hedi Slimane’s eponymous super-skinny tailoring, it is hard to discern what
gender she is. With sharp tailoring being ever-popular, the look is no
longer isolated to men, and Saskia’s masculine-styled hair and strong jaw
line mean that it really is difficult to tell whether she is a boy or girl!
There can be no doubt that men’s tailoring is becoming more and more
popular for women, both on the catwalk and on the high street. With sharp
shoulders being brought back by many designers, including the notable
Balmain, brogues and shirts have also long been a fail-safe look for the
world’s A-list celebrities. Nicole Kidman and Madonna have even been known
to buy Slimane’s men’s designs for themselves.
Whether you have a preference for print, pattern, or plain, a shirt is a
great way of tapping into the androgyny trend without going the whole hog.
With so many different styles, from colour and texture down to the shape of
the collar, there is bound to be something to suit you, and add a bit of
tailored structure to your look. The range of women’s shirts at Very.co.uk
means the time has never been better to reference the 80s and add some sharp
lines to your wardrobe.