ART OF FASHION ANDROGYNY

On the note of my very first personal fashion editorial, I decided to focus on my own sense of style. My fashion aesthetic - if it wasn't obvious enough - is greatly influenced by womenswear. Each season, the prospect of exploring what's new bombarded by the multiple options from the Ready to Wear and Haute Couture collections excite me. It gives me that sense of openness to find new things; the adventure of innovation; the idea of pushing boundaries. That said, I must admit I also look at what is the latest in Menswear each season to ground me in reality and provide me with a safe heaven for what is acceptable and not.

But nowadays who really will say what is acceptable and what isn't? If you look at womenswear you won't be surprised to find collections greatly influenced by traditional men's clothing. Brands such as Céline have rebuilt their empires with this in mind. There are a lot of strong, powerful women who evoke this aesthetic and claim it as their own. In the world of blogging, you have power bloggers such as Leandra Medine of Man Repeller leading the foray, followed by burgeoning superstars such as Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three. And these women are seen as strong, powerful, forward thinking icons. I have to say, I myself idolise them as they are great inspirations and have shown the world what they're capable of. People to be looked up to. 

But a question comes to mind - why is it that women who wear men's clothes or men "inspired" clothing are seen as strong and forward while men who wear women's clothes are seen as "sissy" or "fragile"? Why is there still a difference in the judgment of people who wear these clothes if in fact they are just clothes at the end of the day? 

Thinking about it, the root may still be in the disparity between genders. Feminism comes to mind. But heck, let's not get into political debates on this specific post. Don't get me wrong, I'm a staunch supporter of equality. All I'm saying is, on the topic of fashion androgyny - fashion is fashion no? Regardless if a piece of clothing comes from menswear or an item originates from a womenswear collection - at the end of the day all that matters is how one wears them and expresses one's self.

Looking at the blogging landscape [or heck even the fashion world in totality] nowadays only one name comes to mind who's globally accepted for dabbling in the art of fashion androgyny - Bryanboy. And I am first to say that I find what he does truly inspiring! I'll admit though that in my youth I may not have had the admiration I have for him now, but I definitely acquired it on top of heaps of respect. He's opened doors for a lot of people - myself included - to not be afraid to express yourself. Regardless of your style originating from womenswear or menswear.

To end this note, some may find my way of dressing a tad extreme, others would say creative. Well to that I say, it's a work in progress but that work in progress is where my sense of style lays. I'm constantly trying to find just the right balance between the dichotomy of womenswear and menswear. You can learn to hate it or appreciate it but all that matters to me is that I'm comfortable in it as much as I am with my own skin.

OUTFIT 1: Maison Michel Hat, Celine Shirt, Saint Laurent Paris Tuxedo Belt, Gucci Pants (worn throughout)

OUTFIT 2 and 3: Emporio Armani Hat, Saint Laurent Paris Shirt, Ribbon and Belt, Vintage Scarf, Dior Fusion Sneakers (S2), MSGM Tweed Blazer (S3), Celine Shoes (S3).

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bobby Sangalang; STYLING & MODEL: Aela Abalos