FEAR NO NORMThursday, 20th August 2015 •
THE PRESENCE OF ANDROGYNOUS STYLE IN HIGH FASHION IS NOTHING PARTICULARLY GROUNDBREAKING; WE SEE MALE MODELS WITH SOFT FLOWING LOCKS AND GIRLS IN MASCULINE TAILORING ON RUNWAYS ALL THE TIME. AND IN A TIME WHEREBY THE DISCUSSION OF GENDER FLUIDITY HAS REACHED NEW VOLUME, AND IS CURRENTLY MAKING WAVES ALL OVER THE WORLD (AKA THE INTERNET), GENDER NORMS HAVE BEEN TOTALLY ERADICATED … AND NOW, MORE THAN EVER, THE LINES BETWEEN GIRL HAIR AND GUY HAIR HAVE BLURRED COMPLETELY. BY RHIANNA DUNN. FEATURED IMAGE COURTESY OF JOCK ROBSON.
Images (left to right): Renya Xydis, REDKEN for Kate Sylvester @ MBFWA, Eric Ray Davidson.
This gender-fluidity revolution we’re currently in the thick of (see: Jaden Smith wearing a dress to Prom) is breaking down those regimented beauty ideals we’ve held ourselves to for so many years… and it’s happening everywhere. Orange is the New Black had everyone swooning over our very own Ruby Rose, whose angular fade and sleekly quaffed crop quickly won over Netflixer’s the world over. Jared Leto broke a million hearts when he lopped off that enviably shiny, cascading ombré – one of a calibre most of us can only dream of (RIP Jared’s man bun… culture misses you).
Away from the shiny LA lights and a little closer to home is the undeniably androgynous style that has defined our runways for the past few seasons and has continued to push gender neutral beauty forward. One such example? The fuss free and pared back style that stormed the Kate Sylvester runway at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, with a smattering of the models sporting styles interchangeable to those of their male model counterparts.
We’ll take the inspiration where we can, but this widespread acceptance of a pared back approach to beauty is increasingly coming to mean that you don’t have to be a high fashion model to play with androgynous looks. A chic crop, a la Ruby Rose, has been adopted by many long-tressed women; with a shaved side stylishly avoiding a fiasco of the bowl cut persuasion.
Then, of course, there is the hotly contested man bun in it’s many and varied forms. The prominence of this particular beast is undeniable, with takes on the style ranging from ‘surfy guy just casually keeping his golden tresses out of his eyes’, to full sculpted top knots in the vein of Mulan (for wannabe Disney Princes). There are a thousand ways to man bun, which is the beauty of it: up-dos aren’t just for girls anymore.
Are you a fan of the androgynously styled ‘do as seen on, well, everyone? What’s your take on the trend? As always, we want to hear from you! CLICK HERE to sound off in the comments!
Thursday, 20th August 2015 •