My friend came to my vocation of choice today to ask if I could be his plus one to Toronto's Men's Fashion Week and I told him I would think about it because there was salmon in the fridge waiting to be baked at home. I chose salmon and brown rice and it was delicious.
I was going to write a post about fashion championing gender-neutral collections and while, yes, I still am, I will be amalgamating gender-neutral collections with Toronto Men's Fashion Week.
The Guardian published an article on Monday about gendered fashion becoming more fluid with one another. What we're seeing in fashion is designers creating a new aesthetic for men that are are progressively becoming more unorthodox. Men in dresses, skirts and even fur shoes adorning the models like you would see at Acne Studio's men's fall 2014 collection.
We as a society -- with a plethora of retail options -- are essentially bored of what we're offered. Look to Pelayo Diaz (above) of Kate Loves Me who is donning the ubiquitous galaxy jumper from Balenciaga's fall 2012 women's collection. Or you'll likely see Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller in a men's Uniqlo shirt because she got it for free. Don't forget about me, I own a few women's pieces because my slender and short legs look amazing and also too, there are more fucking options.
Toronto Men's Fashion Week kicked off on August 12 with a roster of local talents with a little unwarranted caveats. From every article I have read, it sounds like the TOM team are a bunch of fascist heteronormative bros knighting themselves as the gender police. Toronto designer L'uomo Strano, who's aesthetic is skewed in androgyny, has been removed from the schedule due to accusations that his line was too feminine.
Can I ask TOM, what is too feminine? You state that you want to join the ranks of other high profile men's fashion week like Pitti Uomo or London Collections: Men, who have international designers like J.W. Anderson and Rick Owns creating a "feminine aesthetic", but are world renowned. Would you like to be world renowned by limiting people's creative visions?
UPDATE: L'uomo Strano has been reinstated and TOM's PR team can finish their shopping at Mark's Work Wearhouse.