Love it: Flare November 2015 “Joyhood” Editorial

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The November issue of Flare featured a pleasant surprise–an androgynous, gender-bending makeup editorial called “Joyhood.” Starring model Riley D, it was styled by Jillian Vieira and shot by Peter Ash Lee.

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The shoot didn’t scream “HEY LOOK WE’RE DOING AN ANDROGYNOUS EDITORIAL EVERYONE!!!” Rather, the tagline for it was simply, “Coming to a town near you: late ’60s-inspired makeup with enough of today’s edge to make us all–yes, all–happy”

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Audra Williams recently questioned in the National Post, “Why does ‘gender neutral’ have to mean ‘without any traditionally feminine signifiers’?” Williams makes an excellent point, and Flare seems to have taken Williams’ question to heart, challenging this typical scenario with this editorial, leaving readers with great new beauty inspiration.

Well done, Flare!

Love This: Excerpt from “Appearing Act: Femme (In)visibility and How I Learned To Love Being Pretty Gay”

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Above: Carolina Herrera Spring 2016

 I’ve come out to doctors and university professors, grandparents, taxi drivers and construction workers, receptionists, employers, and a whole lot of men looking to buy me a drink. For the most part they’re shocked but respectful, and every time I challenge people’s notions of what a gay girl acts and looks like, I feel as if I’ve sewn a new sequin onto my invisibility cloak, every day getting a little more shiny and powerful. Maybe my invisibility is really a kind of appearing act that will reveal a society in which stereotypes and dress codes are forgotten, and we can wear our hearts on our sleeves, regardless of the clothing in our closets.

– from “Appearing Act: Femme (In)visibility and How I Learned To Love Being Pretty Gay” by Alyssa Garrison in WORN Fashion Journal: Issue 17

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Above: Monique Lhullier Spring 2016

Best Tomboy Looks from the Fall 2015 Runways

Just a list–the best looks straight off the fall 2015 runways that would be perfect for any tomboy. And of course, all of these looks were designed by female designers.

Well fancy that–a look modeled by Binx Walton is first on the list:

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Above: Stella McCartney Fall 2015

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Above: Dondup, Fall 2015. Dondup is designed by Manuela Mariotti.

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Above: Karen Walker, Fall 2015

Side Note: Karen Walker always looks like a boss–below is what she wore to her own show for this collection

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Above: Bouchra Jarrar, Fall 2015 Couture

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Above: 1205, Fall 2015. 1205 is designed by  Paula Gerbase

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Above: Hermès, Fall 2015. Hermès is designed by Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski.

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Above: Theory Fall 2015. Theory is designed by Lisa Kulson.

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Above: Vivenne Westwood Red Label, Fall 2015.

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Above: OH LOOK MORE BINX WALTON!! DKNY, Fall 2015.

Diesel’s Mystery Gender Neutral Ad Campaign

Remember when Diesel used to make notoriously offensive and sexist ads like this?:

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Yea….they were really, really bad, and to this day I won’t purchase anything from this particular clothing company.

DieselSexostAd2HOWEVER, despite its outrageously offensive past, it would rather seem that Diesel is trying to turn a new leaf. I opened up my October issue of Fashion, and was pleasantly surprised to see a rather United Colors of Benetton-esque ad campaign:

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As you can see from my limited scan, we have a couple wearing the same sweater, accompanied by the message “This Ad is Gender Neutral.” Interesting, no?

More interesting is that I can’t seem to find this ad online anywhere–I can’t google image it (try it yourself), and it’s not available on their website, hence why I had to scan it myself.

I find this odd because it is certainly a step forward for Diesel. As we have recently noted, fashion and fashion magazines are embracing gender fluidity and diversity, and its good to see clothing companies following suit.

Why is Diesel hiding this great ad campaign? Whatever the reason may be, its too bad, and hopefully they continue this positive pattern for their ads moving forward.

 

Canada’s Top Fashion Magazines on Dressing Beyond the Binary

Two out of three of Canada’s top fashion magazines– Fashion, and Flare–had articles in their September issues about the current style “trend” that blurs the gender boundaries. While people of all genders have been queering their wardrobes for centuries, its good to see mainstream press embracing non-binary ideas of style and manners of dress. Here are the best quotes from each magazine’s take.

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Above: From FASHION Magazine’s September editorial “Team Spirit,” image found here.

Take [Andreja] Pejić–who was on the cover of FASHION Magazine‘s February 2012 issue well before Caitlyn Jenner arrived. She first made her mark in fashion in 2010 a womenswear model in French Vogue while identifying as an androgynous male (her Australian passport allowed her to have an “X” rather than an “F” or “M” in the gender box) but then transition to female in 2014. She has since appeared in Vogue and just landed a major contract (alongside actress Jamie Ching) with professional cosmetics line Make Up For Ever […] Pejić’s ascent reflects a new embrace of gender fluidity in the fashion world–an industry that plays a significant role in how gender is defined and displayed.

– from “Gender Revolution” by Rachel Giese in FASHION Magazine September 2015

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Above: from the Baja East Resort 2016 lookbook, image found here.

Forward-thinking labels like New York-based Baja East, which launched in 2013 as an “ambisexual” line, are part of the shift away from these stark contrasts. For instance, at its first runway show, designers John Targon and Scott Studenberg had male and female models switch clothing mid-presentation to illustrate their fluid philosophy. The label’s latest lookbook for resort ’16 shows two sexually ambiguous models side by side wearing the same trousers, tunic, and crop top. “‘Genderless’ is another label,” says Targon. “Our whole idea was to get away from labels.” Although the designers admit that not all men will feel comfortable in a backless jumpsuit, it comes down to letting the customer choose without creating any restrictions or preconceptions. “For us, it’s about how a person interacts with clothing, and the attitude a garment takes on when someone, anyone, wears it,” says Studenberg. “‘Androgynous’ is more of a sexless word–I don’t want to feel sexless, but I want to wear whatever I want to wear.”

– from “Blurred Vision” by Malwina Gudowska in Flare September 2015

 

 

 

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