The exhibition “Gender Bending Fashion” (opened last week at MFA) features a unique collection of examples that reveal the ground and history of fusion between previously strictly separated gender-centered clothes. As timely as it is, this idea did not appear overnight, instead we already made centuries-long way to the point where it doesn’t matter what gender you are or prefer to be, it matters what you personally like or dislike to wear. This point of freedom does not eliminate your gender identity, but adds the possibilities to the way you would like to highlight yourself. The exhibition begins with a chronological outline, however items are grouped based on the themes. Most of garments are contemporary but there are a few older items that highlight the historical roots of this phenomenon. The first opening dress of “Gender Bending Fashion” is a dress created by an Italian-born designer with Japanese experience and inspiration, Alessandro Trincone. The dress comes from his “Vfiles runaway 7” award- winning collection Annodami that was later used in an album cover photoshoot of rapper Young Thug, thus sparking public debates about men wearing dresses. The novelty of Trincone (@alessandrotrincone ) work is in usage of typical feminine fabrics like shiffon, to dress up men. In my opinion, his work also brings a significant portion of traditions and cultural notes into this high quality fusion. This takes an interesting turn, as with times, conservative traditional clothes is almost gone from wardrobe of our houses. Blending traditions with contemporary concept gives fresh vibes and reminds society about the fact that traditions have more value in our life’s in their contemporary reincarnation instead of their passive existence outside of a daily context. One of the most appreciated dresses at “Gender Bending fashion” is look32 from Viktor & Rolf (@viktorandrolf ) 2003 “One women show” collection. The show was inspired by their muse Tilda Swindon. At the time of show, the collection aimed to dress a modern women in a high couture men-style clothes. “It’s our tenth anniversary already,” said Viktor Horsting. “We wanted to do all our signatures, with the menswear and the couture influences, for an ageless modern woman.” The layered collars are simply timeless. Retrospective look at the show let me think about the idea that was in the air of exhibition but was not said loudly: women began to dress in men- styled clothes way before men began to dress in women- inspired ones. There are many social reasons behind this phenomenon, but I would like to believe that now as a society, we are more flexible in acceptance of new things. At that time, masculine suits for women were intended to create a classic power-suit in order to open doors to men-dominated professional world, hence the androgenic ageless beauty. Indeed, power-suits add seriousness. However, we should keep in mind that in reality, this trend tends to emphasize feminine nature often working as a contrast with shapes of fuller figures. Looks great, but I guess the result is different from the initial intention. What does it means and what we will see in men with women-inspired styles? Will it highlight masculinity or tone down the aggression? Just asking – time will show! •
P.S. dress presentation is one of the key components of the experience, was done by @chelsea_garunay •
Personally, I think, color matching is a tricky area for reasons that I am going to discuss here. This post also aims to provide a general guide of how to match colors if you decide to do this.
One of the classic situations: you need to dress up for an occasion and you find a red bag and a red pair of stilettos to match the color. At first glance it looks like a perfect match but once you arrive to the location, you feel that it looks strange. But why?!
First, this situation is called “anti-effortless chic”. In addition, matching shoes with bag is a very outdated idea. I am not saying you can’t do this. You can, if you are aware of it and have enough sense of humor to go out looking as if you have spend a lot of time in front of the mirror :))
Another situation is when you see a very cool little red bag but decide that you have nothing to match it at home. You opt not to take it just to spend the whole afternoon regretting. But why?!
This is because your intuition tells you that you don`t have to match your little red bag with anything to look chic. Just wear it with jeans and shirt. Done.
Now, how to match then? Here are few advices that one might found helpful:
- Match unusual items like earrings with shoes.
- If neutrals, I do match shoes with blouse or jacket. It often gives a finished look but without overdoing. With brighter colors it becomes tricky.
- Pick matching tones for a better siluette. The trick is, however, to pick very different textures – otherwise the outfit will give an impression of a poorly and tastelessly matched look (nothing to do with effortless mess !!!).
- Match colors of bag and shoes if they contrast with each other stylistically ( one is sporty, another is office ).
Have fun matching!
Even if you are tied from pink outfits of your little daughter, it is hard to resist a temptation and use this super bright combination in your outfits. It is very trendy (although not the main official according to Pantone) SS18 color combo and even fall collections have some traces of this bright, rather “sprinish” outfits ( just take a look at fall ready-to-wear Dice Kayek). At the same time, many will object that this combo is too bright and unnatural. To wear or not to wear, here I solve this question.
The very first rule that can be useful once it comes to color combination is to check the nature. Looking at the beautiful orchid flowers, it is amazing and obvious how often red-pink combo can be observed and how natural it is. So, if your concern is to go with natural colors – go for it without hesitation!
The next question is how to wear it in everyday life? Getting one pretty dress means that you ll wear this piece once, maybe twice. And then everyone knows, this is the same dress. Does not really sound that practical. I suggest getting two different items and once in a while pair them together. For my office look, I wear red coat ( that can be all worn in multiple combinations with greys and blacks and navy) and fuchsia pink pants that similarly can be combined with other colors. This way, you invest in many looks and get many variables instead of one non-exchangeable combination. If you are concern about the outfit being too bright, use darker shades and one item that can be removed in the office ( like coat).
Have fun with coloring your inter season days:)!!
Although velvet track pants are rarely the first choice, it is worth having a closer look at this item. The reasons: it serves multiple purposes and can be adapted to a variety of outfits. Moreover, it is a stylish and comfortable alternative to jeans. The only caveat is that velvet might add volume to the widest curve of the body.
With a budget styling in mind, I typically look for items that have the potential to be incorporated into several looks and cover multiple life scenarios. Perhaps, jeans are the best examples of such bottoms that can be worn with stilettos and sneakers, with shirts and sweaters. Here I would like to argue that velvet track pants have the same potential and a fresher look. Pick the berry-colored velvet (navy, bordeaux, or deep green). I also think that light colors like golden and sage will work as well. Velvet gives a “green light” to chic combo with high heel without making “track pants- heels” combo looking funny. Here is a little remark: yes, I am well aware of the trend to wear track pants with heels, but agree, that it requires a very careful paring and most of combos do not fit to everyday life. However in case of velvet track pants, the quality material waves the awkwardness of this tricky combination. On the flip side, the pants are sporty, and this fact upgrades sneaker-track pants look and makes it suitable to combine with fur or a woolen coat. From accsesories perspective, a wide range of bags, from clutch to sport bags can effortlessly complete the look. Thus, depending on the context, track pants make your evening outfit or workday look comfy. Good luck!