Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Guest Post: It's a Boy/Girl Thing

Today's guest blogger is Stephanie who blogs over at 'The Rasberry Branch' Stephanie's blog (in her own words) is about "the adventures and discoveries of a girl called Stephanie with a penchant for fashion, pretty things and the colour turquoise." I really enjoy reading Stephanie's blog as she has introduced me to some smaller brands that I hadn't previously heard of, and I'm interested to see how she goes with her new '101 Goals in 1001 days' challenge. Here is Stephanie's take on the androgyny trend for this season:

Take a look at Helmut Newtons photograph of Yves Saint Laurent 'Le Smoking': a female, slicked back hair, a cigarette casually in hand. An androgynous figure on a Parisian street. The trousers high waisted. The leg, wide. The shirt underneath however, loose and tied with a bow. For me this image epitomises one of the biggest trends for this coming autumn/winter.. Androgyny.

Leaving behind the hazy summer days, strolls along the seafront and flowing floral prints, the A/W runways offered up an armour against the cold weather, bringing with it a turn to more structured fabrics, shapes and cuts. Leading the pack with these changes was the boy/girl trend.

From Celine to Chanel. Dolce and Gabbana to Yves Saint Laurent and flying the flag for the United Kingdom, Stella McCartney.

Year on year it seems McCartneys love for a woman in a mans clothing has grown, cumulating in an amazing androgynous show at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year. The show presented a large selection of chiffon blouses and dresses in wintery colours of navys and blacks (see also Chanel A/W collection for this colour pallette). Balloon sleevs billowing out in contrast to the tightly fitted skirts and the tapered trousers they had been teamed with.

Boyish tuxedos ruled the catwalk at Dolce and Gabbana, while always topping the favourites list for showcasing masculinity in fashion, Chanel presented us with ensembles if baggy trousers against cropped jackets and big boots and where the catwalk has led, the highstreet has followed, filling the rails with fabulous should padded jackets and cigarette pants.

Taking the masculine look further, the 'female dandy' takes a turn on the runway. This look compliments the androgynous style without losing any of the femininity. Think classic male clothing, tailored to a femaled shape. Frock coats, waistcoats and any manner of blouse, from pussybow to high collared.

There's no denying that this seasons style is all about the empowerment of women, no matter which deacde you frame it in. From 1940s practical post war tailoring to the power drenched females of the 1980s.

My favourite androgynous staple, the bow tie. So, what are you waiting for? Be inspired.

Stephanie. x

LouLou says: Thanks Stephanie. More fashion inspiration as usual! I really like this look, and I am very tempted to try this out this season.



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