It's often the performing artists, even to a greater extent that designers themselves, who set up new, adventuresome fashion standards. Think about all those bands back in the seventies with their long hairs and psychedelic looks! It's thank to them that we enjoy the current approval of earrings, weird hairdos, and other unconventional looks.
To this day, entertainers are still the main trend-setters. It is them who came up with all those extreme extravagances such as piercings, tattoos and other body-modifications (most of which I personally abhor), that we now accept, or at least tolerate.
Anyways.. the charismatic Justin Tranter, vocalist from Semi Precious Weapons, one of the hottest bans around, questions all conventions both in their gigs and in his personal life: He shows up wearing dresses, high heels, and heavy makeup.
Part of a recent editorial. I particularly relished in those large earrings and the turban-style headgear. The set was published, without much comments or credits, by Adam, the models' management, in their blog:
In spite of his youth, or maybe precisely because of it, the extremely slim-bodied Prince Charles (Charles Guislain, 17)is certainly rising to super-model stardom at a rocketing pace, embodying some contemporary male version of Twiggy.
Extremely skinny, to the point of concern, he seldom finds conventional menswear in his size. At least, that's what he claims in a recent interview. But he does have an amazing talent for modelling, and, besides, his refined fashion taste doesn't call for ordinary stuff.
The afore mentioned interview was published complete at the interviewer's site, the stylist John Tan. Il also contains more pictures of the beautiful but scraggy prince.
"Unisex Fashion", announces this dazzling publication in it's home page.
Indeed! Any of these articles could be worn by either sex. Particularly those black leather collars: They can be a symbol of submissiveness (in spite of the aggressive pointed pikes), which nowadays can be applicable to either member of a relationship(be it boy, girl, or in-between).
Or they can have the opposite meaning. For instance, such neckbands were worn by French grisettes at the end of the XIX century as tokens of their emancipation: they wore collars, but had no leashes!
Some of us talk about "New Males", about innovative, groundbreaking fashions for the Alternative Man. But do we, as forward-looking fashion bloggers, actually "dress our part"? Do we wear unusual pieces of clothing, such as, let's say, skirts or high heeled shoes in "real life"?
Well, I'm posting images of two of my favorite fashion bloggers who allow themselves to wear fancy, original fashions. In fact, some of the garments could be categorized as "feminine" by traditional standards.
The contents of their blogs is not necessarily "mens fashion freedom".
Actually, they write about fashion pure and simple.
Frequently visited by me, celebrity blogger Bryanboy is a fine example of a web-log author who preaches by example. In spite of his youth, his blog is often listed among the world's most influential trend-setters:
I cannot tell about his preaching skills, but I'm sure our John the Baptist here looks just as beautiful as Salome, surrounded by animal-skins in a Mid-Eastern setting. His beauty is, to be sure, enhanced by his makeup and all that careful grooming.
It'd really be a shame if the silly, capricious princess had his head cut off!
You can appreciate the whole set, complete with the Biblical anti-heroine's features, at the magazine's site:
Performing artists, from Liberace to Boy George, from Elton John to Kiss, have often been the first to question conventional male looks, to subvert gender stereotypes or to pioneer innovative, jazzy fashions for men.
The degree of tolerance we enjoy today is due, to a great extent, to their boldness. (Yes, I know there's still a long way to go, in the quest for total fashion freedom for men)
Even today, it is often pop singers, rockers, and show biz people in general who display the most audacious looks and anticipate styles that may (or may not) reach the "mainstream".
Among them, Virginian singer John Quale proves that fashions do return: his Eighteenth-century-inspired character, Prince Poppycock, recently took a Reality-show jury by storm as he showed up wearing makeup, wig, and a bright green livery.
His looks are, paradoxically, among the most forward-looking of today's music market.
Just as myself, John has a background in opera, so he sings an updated version of "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Barber of Seville:
And this is John, as opposed to his alter ego, the fanciful Prince, without makeup, but not necessarily without mask:
Young Portuguese designer Ricardo Andrez presented his collection at the
Lisbon Museum of Design and Fashion as part of Modalisboa.
Flashes of bright red and irreverent yellow gleam in a setting of less flaring shades of gray or cream. The context is in itself anything but dull: it calls for a varied assortment of cool items such as large tops and tees, as well as shirt-dresses.
Original jewelry and appliqués in glass marble complete the looks.