If there’s a definite trend emerging from the Paris fashion week Fall 2013 shows, it’s the idea of masculine versus feminine. Androgyny has little to do with it. Instead, designers—Marco Zanini at Rochas and Dries van Noten in particular—have sent out models in very feminine or very masculine looks, bringing together what some would consider mutually exclusive ideas.
Vanessa Bruno went down a similar path for fall. One set of models wore Wall Street banker style suits: Grey pinstripes, oversized, begging for suspenders. Even the button-ups looked like something out of Gordon Gecko’s wardrobe, complete with white collars and touches of French blue.
That part, the banker part, was good. The other group of catwalkers wore sequined mini dresses with an almost-mod, ’60s feel. They were cute—kind of like what a finance guy might want his girlfriend to wear to a club—but other than that, there was no connection between the two looks. They felt detached in a way those dueling ideas aren’t supposed to—the same kind of girl wouldn’t go for both of these styles. While it was all quite cool and hip, it wasn’t particularly cohesive.