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August 21 2014

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2 posts tagged "YSL Unisex"

Gender Blending With YSL

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You don’t need a degree in fashion history to know that the dearly departed Yves Saint Laurent basically invented menswear for women. Stefano Pilati’s latest capsule collection, Edition Unisex, reinterprets that idea, with the addition of womenswear for men. Boys and girls alike braved the drizzle for a pre-Proenza pop-in to the YSL pop-up shop last night to see the androgynous pieces lining the walls of the DIY space. Kim Raver made sense of the unisex trend: “With the economy the way it is, you’ve got to mix and match with your man,” said the Lipstick Jungle actress, who is fortunate enough to have a chic French husband. “You basically get two closets.” There were questions arising about which pieces men could actually wear: A signature safari jacket—sure. A sheer blouse with built-in dickey underpinning—not so sure. And while Pilati was back in Paris, undoubtedly toiling over his upcoming collection, a chic shop boy shed some light on how to decipher who should wear what. “The shoes under the rack are the giveaway,” he said in reference to the spiky heels under the racks of smaller clothes versus the suede high-tops under more manly pieces. “The shoes aren’t unisex. We aren’t making size 13 pumps.”

Photo: Shaun Mader / PatrickMcMullan.com

Why Being Boy-Crazy Isn’t Always Bad

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Is it just me, or is fashion going mad for men in so many ways? YSL Unisex debuts in stores soon and Chloë Sevigny is following up her ballyhooed Opening Ceremony range with a unisex collection of her own. Then, a whole spate of womenswear designers have launched men’s collections (Balmain, Gareth Pugh) or announced plans to do so (Alexander Wang), and a host of menswear brands have either launched collections for women (Nice Collective) or announced plans to do so (Tim Hamilton). Meanwhile, eagle-eyed style spotters at last Thursday’s Adam Kimmel presentation in Paris saw Camille Bidault-Waddington sporting one of the menswear designer’s signature jumpsuits. What gives? “I think women love the quality of well-made menswear,” offers Kimmel, who claims a devoted female fan base. “Men’s tailoring on suits and outerwear is unbeatable, and women sometimes want something a little looser, and more durable and comfortable, without having to give up any of the refinement.” That said, Kimmel suggests that a bit of styling finesse is required, in order to femme up a menswear look. His advice: Start with a well-placed belt and a great pair of heels. “It’s also important to roll sleeves up,” he adds, “flip up collars, and unbutton shirts down to show a little skin.” In other words: Just because you shop like a man, it doesn’t mean you have to look like one, too.