Fashion-Forward Men’s Style
In the midst of a menswear revolution, some luxury pieces are becoming less associated with couture collections, and more so with street style. Aspects of menswear design that were once considered to be at the extreme end of contemporary fashion are now acceptable substitutes to the mass produced uniformity of the high street. No longer are gentlemen just hitting the high-street, instead taking influence direct from the the world’s most innovative emerging talents on the runway.
Since the 1970s several designers, including Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, have attempted to re-introduce the skirt as an acceptable form of male attire. From the mid 1990s a number of clothing companies have been established to sell skirts specifically designed for men, while recently, the fashion chain H&M attached itself to the idea.
Today, skirts and skirt-like garments are not just conversational pieces on the catwalk. Men have begun to wear them as a fashion statement, often endorsed by pop, film and sporting personalities. Adorned by those on the streets, the skirt is sitting well with many modern men. Most recently Marc Jacobs has taken a shine to the skirt for men, turning the tables on girls who borrow from the boys.
Showcased at London Collections Men in January this year, J.W.Anderson incorporated the garment into his AW13 collection – a nod to the Men’s Dress Reform Club of the early 1920s. Anderson describes his signature style as “things that can be borrowed from a man to a woman and from a woman to a man.”
Combining a passion for music and fashion, Kokon To Zai arose in the 90s, quickly become the go-to brand of fashion-forward men – drawing cult-like crowds to its extreme, avant-garde fashions. KTZ men’s collections frequently accommodate skirt-like garments, tartan kilts, made to order skirt-trousers and knee-length pleated shots.
Through the work of contemporary designers, up-to-the-minute men are re-evaluating traditional gender conventions and embracing the skirt!
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