Men’s fashion has become a new place for designers to experiment with ideas, as men have torn away tradition for more daring looks. Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy has been able to turn men’s fashion into a playground of experimentation. Thom Browne has remixed men’s classics into abstract art, but Tisci has been able to mix mens wear with feminine aesthetics, yet masculine and commercial successful. Only John Paul Gaultier has come almost as close to his success in deconstructed men’s fashion.
Why the lengthy discussion about men’s fashion and emerging trends of the genre? The real question is where is men’s fashion going?
With fashion bloggers, street photographers, and personal style taking over fashion, we have to find new voices. No longer are trends overpowering the main stage of fashion. Experimentation with non-sexist clothing has become the norm. Not only a mix use of fabrications and silhouette , but a new idea of masculine fashion.
Where is this wave taking place? Belgium, of course!! I was privy to the school of La Cambre’s latest designer collections of their graduating class. We see a new male take centre stage: confident and experimental with a new orthodox.
Loved your write up. Thank you Merci! I love everything that brakes down barriers. “Romain de Tiroff” known as “Erte” was the inventor unisex fashion! As a Paris YSL trained Designer and ex Fashion Design lecturer and Design Director of Conran Design London I undersign that freedom creativity is a must. But I wish students would know about the realities of cutting a classic pattern and sewing techniques. And that Fashion students would be more open to become PRO computers as in reality that has become a true need. I was part of the creation of one of the earliest Fashion Design software called “Colour Matters” (that I still use) and witnessed how many years it took for other Designers to willingly to experiment. I printed out 256 Pantone colours in 1984 while so many continued hand painting prints and illustration. It gave me a huge advantage int he competitive Hong Kong Designer world where I was able to give my clients 3 colour ways in one hour while it took others days or weeks.
“Bcoz” once one wants a real $ paying career and needs to survive, unless you are blessed with the $ for your own line right away, the reality of Fashion Design world will bring you down to more earthy levels and many can’t handle it.
For ten years I taught tailoring and uniform Design at the prestigious Swire School of Fashion at Hong Kong Polytechnic university, at the doorstep of what is the worlds largest manufacturing base.
I worked like a black sheep waging a constant battle to bring students to accept that free creativity is one wonderful thing but one needs a base of technicality that can only follow known rules. Its was a constant battle between the freedom of Academic teachers and myself a fully professional Designer working in Europe USA and Asia for twenty plus years. I think GFF “Gian Franco Ferre” Ex Design Director of Dior (another Fashion Hero to me beside Mr. Saint Laurent) was a wonderful example. As a trained Architect and pattern master he understood the importance to master the freedom of cloth in space and conveyed it a unique an totally novel fashion!