The runway fashion shows are back! However, it is the menswear fashion shows that got my attention. The difference in the men’s and women’s shows in the past has been striking. In general the clothing and styling for the women’s shows can be outrageous; faces covered to reveal a face void of any features, missing arms, shoes that make feet look like claws, shredded and torn ensembles that expose everything or models covered in large oversized ensembles that make them look like clowns where the take away is, “am I really supposed to wear that”?
I have always felt that the menswear shows, in general, were much more dignified. I must stress the “in general” part of this reflection as there are always the shows that are simply beautiful as they take your breath away.
It was the Thom Browne fashion show in Paris that has brought men into the women’s world of the ridiculous fashion show. Thank you Thom for giving men a taste of, ”am I really supposed to wear that”? I couldn’t help but read the comments to Cathy Horn’s New York Times review, of Thom’s wildly bizarre and comical fashion show. This one is from Thomas Murphy;
“Who the hell is gonna WEAR Browne’s clothes? Clowns? Wacked-out drag queens? Twelve year old boys? He, like many other designers, are designing clothes on a whim, not for the general (wealthy) public. I don’t get it…I don’t get it at all, though Lanvin’s duds look pretty cool.”
Thomas Murphy goes on to say;
“The clothes seem to be the least important thing about these fashion shows: we read about/ see Slinkies, and watch boney, stone-faced/bored white boys trying to persuade us to be excited about the costumes (they are not “clothes”) they’ve been paid to display. Men’s fashion has gone wacky, and I can’t imagine where it will go next. I just wish I could see SOMETHING I could wear on the street, or to a club without getting laughed at when I walk in the door. I’m not talking boring clothing, or needlessly conservative clothing…just something I can wear more than once.”
Welcome to our world Thomas Murphy. For decades women have been walking down the runway stone-faced and boney. We have not always been unveiled behind a slinky but we have been marginalized in other more degrading ways. So man-up! Support the designers that reflect dignity in your wardrobe with a splash of cool and then sit back and have a laugh at the world around you.
One interesting note; Thom Browne’s show was indeed an explosion of bad taste, however, when he was interviewed following his fashion show he appeared in a smartly tailored and understated grey suit. He must have been thinking, ”am I supposed to wear that”?