Blending of Genders is in, traditional Genders are out
QZ.com | January 21, 2015
Blurred gender lines are nothing new on edgier fashion runways. But earlier this week at Gucci’s menswear show—a catwalk usually relegated to strong-shouldered suiting and square-jawed male models—androgynous looks took center stage.
And the spotlight at Gucci this season was stronger than it’s been in years. After eight years at the brand’s helm, creative director Frida Giannini abruptly left the company last week—a month sooner than planned when her imminent departure was announced in December.
Rather than completing the collection Giannini presumably began work on, Gucci’s design team, led by accessories designer Alessandro Michele, reportedly rushed to redesign the clothing, re-cast all the models, and establish new creative direction for the brand in five short days.
What they came up with made a strong statement: Androgyny is in; traditional gender lines are out. Long-haired, fine-featured models—most male, some female—wore a collection that included foppish bow blouses, scarlet lace, and crop-sleeved coats.