Androgyny in fashion can be described as that moment when you don’t know if you want to dress like a boy or a girl. Just kidding.
Androgyny as a concept (aka mass confusion) goes back in time to when Zeus was cool and wearing lush green leaves was couture. Before fashion, ambiguity in gender was a more of a serious concern. People experienced changes in behavior and sexual preferences which not only affected society but gave you chillers down your spine explaining your ‘mixed’ taste to your family.
However, times have changed and so have we. We now think telling Facebook is an easier task than confronting your loved ones. It also makes sense to do this in front of a couple of hundred strangers who don’t care about your existence and self high five about it.
Coming back to androgyny in fashion, most people think it’s about wearing boxers or the entire spectrum of colors on yourself. Please don’t do the mistake of taking yourself seriously when you do that.
Dedicated to everyone who fears the disgrace of rejection, here is a short compilation of five important measures you can take to be androgynous in fashion without losing the respect of family and friends.
1) Sport a Mustache
Proven most effective and generated maximum responses. However, sport a mustache only if you look like that.
2) Challenge Mother Nature
I don’t know what you would have to perform on your body to look this legit but this step has proven most successful. So they say.
3) Lose the hair
You just have to forget about your lovely long hair. Forget about styles you try with your friends or your boyfriend going crazy about your tresses like the movies. Basically, piss people off.
4) Sport the Boyfriend Pants
Someone has to be a total genius to have come up with a super loose fit and blame it all on the guy you date. It looks way too cool on Katie Holmes. Don’t forget to check the mirror once though. To be sure.
5) The Unexplainable Photograph
You need one photograph (for your social media image of course) that leaves people confused out of their minds about your Identity. And brain.
Trends and Brands to look forward to in 2014
Who : Selvage
Trend : Panels
It’s all about sophisticated layering this year. Go bold by flirting with panels in Jackets, shirts and dresses . Selvage’s clothes are about combining and balancing elements of simplicity and power with the exaggeration of silhouettes through concept and structure.
Who : Selvage
Trend : black
After a number of colors replacing the most intimidating color tone in the last years, black is back. This year bring back your power tone and don’t shy away from sporting an all black. Selvage’s clothes are about combining and balancing elements of simplicity and power with the exaggeration of silhouettes through concept and structure.
3) NOUVEAU INDIAN
Who : Nikhil Thampi
Trend : Nouveau Indian
Designers have been devising ways to innovate Indian wear to suit the changing trends among the people. In this quest, designer Nikhil Thampi , came out with his Indian Punk Collection which received accolades and is now worn by a bevy of celebrities. This year is all about challenging the drape of your Sari. Literally.
Who : Aharin India
Trend : Drama
After the over use of neon, we now have a different definition of dramatic. Shine out with putting together different colors, exaggerated accessories and a hell lot of bling. Aharin India, the label, is about mixing styles, colors and is inspired by the crafts and embellishments of traditional clothing. Play is the anthem for this trend!
5) COLLAR SHIFT
Who : Muga by Nijhum
Trend : Collar shift
There is nothing more interesting in design than an innovative twist in detail. The toughest bit in fashion is to give an already existing element of design a new and fresh look. Giving testimony to this is the label Muga by Nijhum which not only promotes use of a celebrated fabric rooted in Assam but focuses on giving every design a new and innovative detail.
GOLDEN GLOBES BEST DRESSED
1) Emma Watson wearing Christian Dior
2) Allison Williams wearing Alexander McQueen
3) Zooey Deschanel wearing Oscar Del La Renta
4) Kate Mara wearing J. Mendel
5) Amber Heard wearing Atelier Versace
6) Miranda Kerr wearing Emilio Pucci
7) Cate Blanchett wearing Armani Prive Couture
8) Lupita Nyongo wearing Ralph Lauren
(Photos Courtesy : Vogue UK)
This post is me speaking all the fashion goo in the back of my head when I read the “very fashion words”.
We all have subscribed to fashion magazines, follow Facebook pages of all major brands, designers, websites and a million more things which confuse the living day light out of us. Through these mediums, we often come across some words which are completely synonymous to fashion yet completely non explanatory. For example, bespoke; now let me get this straight, was I the only one who took a really long time to understand how and where to use bespoke? Or what it even bloody means?
Another word that really got viral was Ox-blood. It is now a well known color. I don’t get it. Why?
How would it look if we identified colors with animals? Donkey-grey for instance, I cant really imagine a situation that I would ever take this trend seriously. This is in turn the beauty of this industry, you never know what goes viral/popular/blindly followed . I guess this explains why people are so ridiculously obsessed with creating an impression.
Fashion victim is usually that unfortunate soul who doesn’t really know what to do with trends , fashion does or even his own closet. Lately, it’s turning even the better half of this world into victims of fashion peer pressure. I wonder if this is what Oscar Del La Renta had in mind when he coined the term fashion victim ( at least claims to, and I would believe that) .
One important person makes a remark and every living fashion enthusiast takes the word as gospel. It almost seems as though this may be the most insecure industry that exists. Aesthetics , now, have less value and more popularity quotient.
This trend is not just limited to people not associated with Fashion. Most times, I find bloggers, magazines and every possible mediator in fashion casually embracing the viral culture. You know, guys, you are only making this completely appropriate for people to be more dumb than ever ( at least about fashion) . Don’t get me wrong, I am all up for new words being coined every now and then and helping fashion evolve but there has got to be a moment when somebody stops the clock and wonders why the $%^^$ is this even making sense?
In the end, is Fashion so obvious?