At a recent Burberry show, a male model walked the ramp in a delicate white lace shirt and a jewelled blue lace tie. As a stark contrast, at last week’s menswear fashion event Van Heusen + GQ Fashion Nights, one saw female models sporting powerful suits made of copper and stainless steel that exuded power and panache.
The trend is not just being adopted by fashion extremists, but is slowly but surely working its way into the almost mainstream, as evidenced by the fact that the show showcased the collections of none other than noted designer Rajesh Pratap Singh.
Both men and women walked the ramp in creations in shades of grey and black. While the international silhouettes gave the outfits a global appeal, we loved the fact that it was kept Indian at heart with woven fabrics like ikat. Indigo dyes and woven stainless steel added an element of style to the collection. Draped silhouettes replaced classic styles, giving the clothes an edgy and modern appeal.
When asked about his collection, Singh told IANS: "The boundaries between men and women are blurring. I really like to make men's clothing for women. I gave them (women) metal suits. It was all woven copper and stainless steel. I love making that textile and I just wanted to make a point out of it that women are as interesting, powerful and intelligent and at times better than men."
What also appealed to us was that his models walked the ramp with their faces half covered in black bandages and allowed all the focus to rest on the beautiful clothes.
Singh’s show was followed by Van Heusen’s collection of tuxedos, suits, chinos, jackets and shirts and again included women on the ramp. This move reflected the shift in focus for the brand as it is working its way into becoming a strong player in the formal womenswear market in India.
In keeping with the same theme, the evening ended with Ujjawal Dubey’s ‘Antar Agni’, a unisex brand that is further merging the boundaries between male and female clothing. One saw both men and women on the ramp in a lot of drapes and stripes in colours like black, grey and blue. Speaking about his brand that does drapes in their menswear and offers exclusive cuts to women, Ujjawal Dubey said, “Men and women are incomplete without each other. We as a brand mostly do unisex. We wanted to keep the genre alive... blurring the borders between men and women.”
As the lines that divide men’s fashion from that of women’s are slowly blurring, more and more designers are now stretching their men’s collections to include feminine touches and creating womenswear with androgynous accents. An evolution like this is a great way to bring about a sea change in the way we perceive fashion for both the sexes. It will be interesting to see how this unisex revolution pans out and whether it is here to stay.
Image credit: nytimes | Quote credit: IANS