I recently saw an article in the Evening Standard which highlighted London's finest dressed men with clutches. Yes, clutches. The petite and often impractical 'bag' likely to be tucked away in any it-girl's wardrobe was now being tucked under the arm of an it-boy. Seeing this, something that was once a statement piece of the elegant and sophisticated woman, now being used as an experimental accessory for men almost infuriated me. Honestly, the only type of man I could see with a clutch is the oh-so-extravagant Ollie Locke of E4's Made in Chelsea.
And so, this made me think, is the gender divide being gently eroded way by style hungry men? In a couple of seasons will there really be any differences between menswear and womenswear in the time to come? Can a man now slip on a dress and call it high fashion? After all, Richard Tisci almost did it with Givenchy 'skorts' in spring 2011.
Well, perhaps not so drastic, but you get the point. This is clearly not a fresh of the boat topic to discuss, but it still perplexes me. Do men just want to push out the boundaries of style further, like how women have done in the past? Also, I wonder, why do I personally feel that it's ok for women to be androgynous, but not men? Is it because androgyny is an action of endearment for women, after years of oppression? Is the end result of the Suffragettes' fight that women can now wear a 3 piece suit with oxfords and be called brilliantly daring? In fact, for most people it isn't even daring anymore. Now a man with a clutch tucked delicately under his arm, THAT is daring. Now take Annie Lenox - what a legend. For me, she is the epitomy of a 21st century female.
Emmeline Pankhurst and her clan have done well; there is really equality for women now. As feminists throw away their bras and assorted lingerie, female fashionistas don their bowler hats and bow ties. All in all, when I really think about it, androgyny and flamboyance with men shouldn't be such a surprise to me. Take Prince.
Now when I look at these photos, they definitely look good, but it just seems a little bit strange.