TREND | Post-Gender Unisexuality, Our Shapes are Always Changing
We’ve been on a steady post-gender trend, but it wasn’t until this year that the impact of unisexuality has truly made its way into the mainstream.
Hip-hop has a sometimes-unfortunate history of being dominated by machismo conservatism. But we live in a modern world where the ‘norm’ is always changing. A wave of prominent and emerging artists has not only debunked the dated ethos through experimental music but through their choice of post-gender fashion.
Kanye West has always been vocal about his love of fashion, and he was definitely on this unisexual train (before it was cool) when he killed it in that leather skirt. Though it attracted a lot of silly attention and controversy at the time, that skirt kicked off the amazing trend of eschewing gender boundaries in street style.
At Coachella, we saw Kid Cudi step on the stage in a male crop top, and André 3000 performed his second Coachella set in a long platinum blonde wig. Both their looks seem inspired by Shayne Oliver’s FW14 collection for Hood By Air.
HBA is downtown art-meets-street style-meets-fashion, and its FW14 runway made a solid statement about gender, power, and beauty. Both men and woman wore HBA’s unisex looks; androgynously styled models rocked oversized bombers with horizontal zippers that revealed flashes of bare midriff.
In a perfect mash-up of performance art and fashion, HBA closed its FW14 show with male dancers (among which included ballroom legend Dashaun Wesley) who sashayed down the catwalk in blonde wigs and flipped their hair back and forth before delivering a high-energy vogueing routine.
We can’t talk about new shapes in fashion without mentioning J.W. Anderson, the king of new silhouettes and proportions. He gave us a woman’s view of menswear for his FW14 menswear collection, or as he described it,“femme librarian meets total sexpot with an architectural leaning”. It’s the kind of collection we can—and want to—see on men and women.
For a woman’s views of menswear, we don’t have to look any further than Future in Kanye’s video for “I Won”. Future wears a flowing, all-white shawled sweater with matching drop crotch pants, radiating a mature and sexy elegance. And let’s not forget provocateur Young Thug in a peplum, leopard-print dress or the tiny floral blazer The BasedGod Lil B sports in his “Im Tupac” music video.
Post-gender fashion has invaded mainstream street style, and the runways aren’t about to be left out either. While the oversized is usually thought of as masculine, The Row’s androgynous collection of expertly tailored, yet spectacularly large sweaters were formless in a way that winked at femininity but didn’t commit to typical male or female shapes.
Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were the winners of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, and they took that opportunity to incorporate womenswear alongside their menswear. When adapting their signature sportswear-meets-formalwear aesthetic for women, Chow and Osborne didn’t want to dress the girlfriend of the Public School boy; the PS woman was adorned as the tomboy-counterpart.
Girls are borrowing from the boys, and the boys are borrowing from the girls. The gender boundaries that once dictated what boys and girls should wear have become passé.
What does this mean for BAMIN (Build And Make It Now)? BAMIN is committed to the modern, constantly changing world. Gender binaries are a thing of the ever-distant past, and we’re excited to see where the mish-mash culture takes us.
Our bags are made of interchangeable parts that use interlocking zippers to transform your BAMIN bag’s shape, look, feel and color, anytime you want. And since our bags are unisex, it’s easy to remix shapes and styles from the boys and the girls—we’re all for unisexuality.
[Photo source: The FADER]