Remember when Kanye West unexpectedly chose to perform at Coachella wearing a women’s blouse from Celine and it was kind of a big deal? Well, it seems like the reverse is happening right now with Raf Simons and female performers.
Rihanna first wore a coat from the menswear label in November, and later in March, she wore a Raf Simons t-shirt. Then, this weekend, Angel Haze hopped on the Simons bandwagon. The rapper wore one of the label’s Spring/Summer 2014 tanks to perform at Lollapalooza, making the menswear brand officially a trend with women.
Coincidentally (or not), Simons’ supposed nemesis Hedi Slimane has also been making a point to make his men’s and women’s lines for Saint Laurent equal opportunity, in terms of gender. He cast Saskia de Brauw in a men’s campaign, and released men’s shoes in women’s sizes. And Kanye West is reportedly working on a 100-piece unisex line to debut this during fashion week in September.
Are men’s and women’s lines from in-demand designers eventually going to converge? Is it going to be a “thing” to buy from the designer dude department? Or do you think Rihanna and Angel Haze just both really wanted to wear Raf’s womenswear line–you know, that little label called Dior–and settled for his men’s instead?