Menswear as womenswear has long been a favourite (and for some, a lifelong uniform) – remember Helmut Newton’s infamous shot of Yves Saint Laurent’s le smoking tuxedo for French Vogue in 1975? The sleek blazer for instance, has seen us through the school gates to grown-up moments in Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and beyond. For evidence of masculinity’s currency today, look no further than A.) the runways - everyone from Christian Dior to Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane have blurred the girl-boy boundaries for autumn/winter, and B.) the front row for that slouchy, perfectly ripped ‘boyfriend’ jean, a chunky watch or sportswear–inspired everything.
BUT the kind of mannish style that is really floating our boat this week sees the sublimely sleek, glossy and groomed meet the street. Blame the Celine slip-on sneakers, the Carven button-down shirt, those shiny Balenciaga buckled boots. In fact blame, anyone and everyone: Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, the list goes on!
The main instruction is to keep it clean – this androgyny is not punk, dirty or dishevelled. It requires clean pressed lines, gleaming metal hardware and luxurious leather (the high street take on accessories is so smart that even PU looks expensive). Print must only be donned in its purest form: graphic, bold, block colours but keep the palette toned down and no clashing allowed. Black, is of course, the favoured colour. And don't forget the key pillars of any man's wardrobe as these are your safest starting points: tailoring and shirting. Man, that looks good!
Words by Sophie Bew
Shopping by Sophie Hooper