Gone are the days,
with applause and standing ovation, of intentional distinctions between garments deemed strictly feminine or exclusively for the guys (concerning the latter, womenswear adopted menswear much earlier than the other way around). Thanks to fashion visionaries like those behind Givenchy or Rick Owens who designed into the cultural progression of today well ahead of their time, casting men’s skirts down Parisian runways; or perhaps more recently and more widely known, Nicholas Ghesquière taking it a step further by featuring Jaden Smith in a skirt for Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’16 campaign. The ad is brilliant. Beyond just making a statement about a guy wearing garments we’d immediately associate with women, Smith looks (A) good, (B) like a guy, and (C) confident. And as a freelancer who does marketing on the side, where all I hear is how a brand wants a particular piece of content to go viral simply because social media eyeballs equates to dollars, I’m still left standing in applause at Ghesquière’s vision to trigger virality for the social good, and the appropriate representation of society today. So here I am, in a tunic that I adore from a beloved California designer. And while “tunic” isn’t a widespread label for a men’s garment anymore — although we can’t forget that men in Ancient Rome and Greece dawned these pieces and looked damn good in them — a tunic is what it should be called; just as a skirt doesn’t deserve another name regardless of what gender or gender neutral body it’s on. A tunic’s a tunic. A skirt’s a skirt.
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