On Men’s Runways, Something Unexpected: Women
January 20, 2017
The men’s wear shows, which kicked off in London at the start of the month and move on to Paris this week, have seen a seismic stylistic shift: Men and women are walking the runways together. Radical? Well, yes, for fashion at least, which has segregated the genders for decades, centuries even. But the coed notion in fashion has been bubbling up for a few seasons now: Gucci has been staging coed shows since Alessandro Michele became creative director in January 2015, and Miuccia Prada began mixing women’s looks with her men’s wear beginning with the spring 2014 season. But now, on the fall 2017 men’s runways, everything seems to be blurring into one. This season’s runways are a reflection of — and maybe even an active participant in — a wider cultural shift away from prescriptive gender norms.