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Why gender-bending is the new norm in fashion

By Faeza
25 February 2016

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This season’s runway collections have been a real eye-opener. Not only because of the incredible design talent that continues to inspire, but because some of the men on the runway looked... like women.

In fact, some, (Chulaap’s show for example) were women — an increasing trend in menswear shows. Gender-bending is nothing new in fashion or pop culture, but thanks to a troupe of contemporary South African designers such as Rich Mnisi and Orange Culture, this theme of gender-neutral dress has been reimagined. Both designers are known for their fearless explorations of gender politics.

As I sat on the front row on each day of the recent SA Menswear Week, I took note of the common thread running through the collections – gender-bending.

More than ever, we are seeing deliberately ambiguous outfits on both men and women.

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