The Pregnant Models on the Runway 'Trend' Has Expanded to Menswear - Fashionista

The Pregnant Models on the Runway 'Trend' Has Expanded to Menswear

Thanks to designer Xander Zhou's London Fashion Week Men's collection.
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A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

Remember when cool-kid brands like Eckhaus Latta, Glossier and Opening Ceremony made a splash last fall by featuring very pregnant models on the runway or in their ad campaigns? As of now, it looks like the trend of glamorizing pregnancy has officially made its way into menswear, too, with the appearance of male models wearing prosthetic baby bumps during the Xander Zhou presenation at London Fashion Week Men's.

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images

Many of the models in the show wore tight T-shirts or tank tops either rolled up or tucked near the top of their artificially bulging bellies. Lest the baby bumps be mistaken for beer bellies, at least one model walked with his arms protectively cradling his stomach, as pregnant mothers are often prone to do, and one T-shirt read "New World Baby," more explicitly referenced the child-bearing theme.

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

"At Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co., we're prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy," the brand shared in an Instagram photo from the show. 

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

Further underlining the collection's emphasis on futuristic visions of what humanity could become were the eerie-colored contacts some models wore — not to mention a model who appeared to have six arms sticking out of his six jacket holes. Whether it's a genuine statement about lessening the limits of gender or a mere publicity stunt, this collection is sure to garner plenty of attention for Xander Zhou.

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

A look from Xander Zhou's Spring 2019 collection. Photo: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty Images

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