British fashion designer Jonathan Anderson has presented a gender-bending menswear collection featuring dresses, frills and ruffles at London Fashion Week.
The J.W. Anderson fall/winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection, titled Mathematics of Love, saw the up-and-coming trendsetter using traditionally female elements and shapes on his male models.
The rather frumpy designs included frilly shorts that looked like skirts, sleeveless mini-dresses and knee-high boots.
“It’s about doing something new, working with architecture and proportion. For me, it’s about mastering a silhouette. It’s like I can’t get it out of my head,” Anderson told Women’s Wear Daily.
The New York Times’ Eric Wilson commented that “it takes some nerve to ask a man to wear what appeared to be a tube top made of camel wool crepe, but this is exactly what is great about Mr. Anderson…”
The men in skirts trend is really nothing new in the fashion world.
Designers and labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Givenchy and Comme des Garcons have over the years included items such as skirts in their menswear.
The trend, however, has rarely made it off the runway and onto the streets, other than among a fashion-forward few.
Watch a video of Anderson’s collection below.