With unisex clothing starting to picking up some notoriety and visibility amongst the more mainstream fashion brands, it doesn’t surprise that there’s a sort of echo effect between what goes on in society and what we see on the catwalks. It is a little bit like the chicken and the egg we guess, where fashion dictates on one side and on the other is deeply influenced by what real people do, manifest and express in real life.
Check out with us how fashion and gender fluid are inter-connected
Jaden Smith’s MSFTS
We have introduced you Jaden Smith in our editorial on sons and daughters of stars, but on that occasion, we wanted to praise the kid for his talents and steer away from the news buzz related to his sexual orientation. It doesn’t really make the news for us that he is a Q or G in the LGBTQ, what we want to tell you is that he has his own fashion label, testimony of this, cleverly named MSFTS: as the freshest attempt to represent gender fluid through clothes, and to be fair, even straight people would want to wear.
Jaden Smiths in Vuitton’s womenswear
If MSFTS motto doesn’t explain it well enough for you with Smith’s own words:
[MSFTS is for] the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back
Let’s take a look at how some fashion institutions were inspired by his way of approaching gender-neutral clothing. Jaden Smith has in fact also modelled in Louis Vuitton 2016 campaign wearing a garment we can pick as the quintessence of ‘gender fluidity’, a pleated skirt – except this campaign is actually for a womenswear collection.
A 12 year-old boy in a women’s collection
Vuitton have not been the only ones dressing millennials in women’s clothes: Acne studio had a go at gender fluid models as playing with a rather androgynous way of dressing women is kind of their thing. The 12-year-old that walked in the fall winter 2016 collection for women, wearing an oversized pink coat and heels, isn’t any model, but the creative designer’s son Frasse Johansson. Creative ways of touching the theme of genderfluid and parenting, if anything.
Bobby Gillespie in Acne’s women’s Pre-Fall 2017
Not only that, they also had indie rock lead singer Bobby Gillespie posing for their women’s Pre-Fall 2017: this is something different from gender fluid models representing a category on the catwalk, and actually, to go back to the chicken and egg, this is fashion’s reaction to that, maybe even stealing some very important artistic inspiration from those who live a life in the uncomfortable shoes of not fitting in with a specific ‘gender’. Meaning, unless you are Jaden Smith, gender fluidity isn’t always a walk in the park.
Women's adapted for the men's
I like the idea that when you are a baby you wear pretty much the same clothing as your brothers and sisters
Is the inspiration behind Thom Browne’s Spring 2018 Menswear, an adaptation of the women’s collection for his male models, who wore pencil skirts, maxi and midi skirts but in more masculine grey wool fabrics, provided put on their feet only heels.
Intersex: Hanne Gaby Odiele
Worldwide famous model Hanne Gaby Odiele is another name that springs to mind when thinking about the relationship between fashion and genderfluid: the 29-year-old Belgian has recently chosen the word ‘intersex’ to better identify her gender. Due the Morris syndrome, the development of phases of sexualization follow a ‘different path’, a condition called ‘Androgen insensitivity syndrome’.
Does fashion really care about the ‘specifics’? Does anyone?
All fashion wants to see, and we thank it for that, is undisputed beauty.