The gender revolution that is now blazing has pushed designers in two directions. Some are actively rethinking the stereotypical men's wardrobe, tirelessly supplying clients with "power suites", countless variations on the theme of shirts and military uniforms. Others associate emancipation with deliberate frankness, and the fight against hated objectification is carried out according to a method that is most accurately described by the proverb "they knock out a wedge by a wedge". Hence, in fact, all these "naked" - and, I must admit, set the teeth on edge - outfits that are so fond of the ruling Instagram sisters Kardashian-Jenner and their curvy companions. And against the background of this bipolar world of fashion trends, suddenly something unprecedented happened - flowers “blossomed”. That's really a gender stereotype, which ones to look for. Or is it not that simple?
1 | Alexander McQueen; 2 | Preen by Thornton Bregazzi; 3 | Anna Sui; 4 | Giambattista Valli © press service; Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
By themselves, floral prints in the warm season, of course, are still a surprise. Only the words of Miranda Priestley, the anti-heroine of The Devil Wears Prada, look like a big cliche: “Flowers in spring? How original! " - which, in one way or another, penetrate most of the texts devoted to this predictable, if not inevitable, trend. But the primroses of 2017 are still somewhat different. To begin with, they did not “grow up” by themselves, but together with a bunch of other girlish joys: ruffles, frills, flounces and pleats. And where! It is on dresses, a wardrobe item with a very specific gender, no matter how diligently androgynous singers like Jonathan Anderson and Gucci boss Alessandro Michele try to convince us of the opposite.
1 | Zimmermann; 2 | Alexander McQueen; 3 | Johanna Ortiz; 4 | Erdem © press service; Estrop
At first glance, a rosette dress with a dozen frills is an obvious setback, surrender. No, no, adult independent young ladies, whom Beyoncé addresses in her hits and Gloria Steinem in her lyrics, don't dress like that. These are rather the outfits of silent porcelain dolls. At worst - birthday preschoolers who have yet to learn about the notorious gender pay gap. But don't get it right: that's the point. "Strong and independent" in trousers and shapeless jackets - a stamp no better than the weak and dependent in skirts or housewives in dressing gowns and curlers. And today's struggle is just against any stereotypes: you can scatter quotes from the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi even while drowning in "lambrequins", there is no contradiction in this.
By the way, if there are not enough catwalk role models for you, take a look at the front exits of Felicity Jones, Claire Foy and Keira Knightley: these are by no means muslin English roses are clearly not indifferent to Victorian chic, and therefore they often storm the red carpet in touching creations of the Erdem brand, for a few more years back who foresaw the fashion for romance.>