We can never forget the year of 2014, which had riots of equality on the catwalk of Chanel, FREETHENIPPLE campaign starting alongside HE FOR SHE. Seems like 2015 is already instore for a bigger impact.
Starting with the AW15 fashion week season. It's been a journey of gothic vibes, to 70's flares jetting back in to our catwalks. However with that, it's been a movement of acceptance and human rights. Looking into the menswear, we have seen a range of gender bending style. From pink shades, to big fur coats and also a small pair of heels, you name it a man has worn it somewhere at some fashion week, or shall I say on some catwalk. Big names such as Saint Laurent allowed men to dress in a transgender fashion, of sassy pink fur coats and pointed leather high heeled shoes.
Raf Simmons was also seen joining the bandwagon of gender fuse alongside brands such as 69 WORLDWIDE and J.W Anderson (although this wasn't his first time going transgender friendly).
With that, Rick Owens also used the form of empowerment in his collection. Exposing men on a whole new level, of exposing the male models anatomy. I couldn't help but think it was a correlation of the movement of exposing womanly equally, but turned back to the opposite gender.
|JW ANDERSON, SAINT LAURENT, RAF SIMMONS, RICK OWENS|
With gay marriage and gender changes on the rise, it was refreshing to see the movement in society is creeping into what we wear and what we class as a statement trend. It's allowing us to see what is going on and the change of acceptance to be visualized in a artistic way in which we can desire to own ourselves.
However on the side of equality, there is also a side which isn't as uplifiting. The conflict of governments and countries is also trickling down into our fashion spectrum. Gothic vibes, ultility wear are making a statement and is also being seen throughout the season. Its hard to escape, making the way to get a word or emotion out can be used through fashion. Brands such a McQueen with dark toned military wear, of graphic prints stating honour is a clear example of this. We have also seen the 'classic' army gear go down the runway during Astrid Anderson as well. In correlation Thom Browne and Givenchy created a dark and gloomy 'funeral' collection, with a emotion of anything but uplifting.
Is all this talk on current affairs being translated into trends and fashion making a difference in the way we dress, feel and view things this season? I feel fashion is slowly turning into not a way of expressing creativity and waiting for a trend 30 years relive itself but more into another level of expressing movement in the world.
What do you think?