Last week, androgynous fashion model Andrej Pejic walked the runway in a men's fashion show wearing an outfit that included a belted fur dress, high heel pumps, stockings, jewelry, makeup, and a Veronica Lake peek-a-boo hairdo.
In case you missed it, I'll repeat it: he was modeling this decidedly "feminine" outfit in a MEN'S fashion show!
What's going on here?
Does this mean we will soon find dresses and high heel pumps on sale at our favorite men's boutique?
Or is this just another anomaly in the fashion world, which is chock full of anomalies?
During the past few years, fashion designers have been pushing the envelope in the men's fashion arena by showing skirts and dresses for males.
In the more distant past (the last half of the 20th Century), showing masculine skirts and dresses grabbed headlines, but few customers.
Things have changed and males are buying and wearing skirts and dresses today. Not a lot, but a few. You likely will not see a guy in a skirt on the streets of Podunk, but visit some place more cosmopolitan like New York City and you will occasionally see a male wearing a masculine skirted garment.
Masculine skirts and dresses are one thing, but the outfit that Andrej Pejic modeled last week was a horse of a different gender; the only thing masculine about it was the fact that a male was modeling it.
Does this very "feminine" male outfit mean that designers have pushed the envelope so hard that has broken wide open?
The designer breaking the envelope is Jean Paul Gaultier, and he has been playing with traditional gender roles in his shows like forever. So it is no surprise that Gaultier would show the "feminine" outfit that Andrej Pejic modeled.
Was Gaultier seriously proffering total feminization for males or was he playing gender games again using a very pretty androgynous model?
Maybe a little bit of both.
Anyway, I promise to keep doing my part.