Real Talk: Would You Bang a Guy in a Pussy-Bow Blouse?

Senior fashion features editor Nancy Won gets #real about what’s trending in the fashion universe

The opening look from Gucci Menswear AW 15 (Photo: Style.com)
The opening look from Gucci AW ’15 menswear (Photo: Style.com)

It’s official: Alessandro Michele is the new creative director at Gucci. Previously head of accessories design, Michele replaces Frida Giannini following her abrupt exit from the company two weeks ago—a full month ahead of her scheduled departure. Michele’s first move post-Giannini: erase all evidence of her existence from the upcoming men’s show. He had five days to do it. (Sidebar: these two used to be buds—I’m betting things are pretty awkward right now.)

What Michele ended up sending down the runway was a major (and clearly deliberate) departure from the retro, jet-set playboys of Gucci presentations past. Instead: a parade of lanky, long-haired elves in lacy tunics and pussy-bow blouses. So effeminate, so delicate, so prissy that a fellow FLARE editor and I spent a serious amount of time debating the gender of many of the models (there were four female models in the pack—try to pick ’em out, why don’t you!). It was beyond androgynous. It was straight sissy. Or was it?

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As I clicked through the collection my mind went to Seinfeld in a puffy shirt, then to Shakespeare in a ruffled collar, then Teddy Boys and their dandy duds, the New York Dolls, Mick Jagger, Prince… but wait. Would anyone call Prince a sissy? What about David Bowie? Obvs not. Was Louis XIV a sissy? Is this collection actually so feminine that it’s the most masculine thing I’ve ever witnessed?

Thom Browne singlehandedly made nerds cool, and in the process became the most influential designer in menswear. Michele, it seemed, was introducing a new type of nerd. One that’s more of a Parisian poet outsider who likes his delicate chiffons paired with badass rings and—this part’s important—serious swagger. Clearly this new nerd doesn’t give a f–k what anyone thinks of him…which might just make this collection the most punk thing I’ve seen in years. Seriously.

Sissy or no, Michele redefined masculine confidence, rejecting the archetypical ideal of what a man “should be,” and presented a new take on a modern macho man. Anyone can put on a military shirt and look like a boss. Flexing a puffy shirt with Prince-level confidence? Straight rock ’n’ roll.

So, would you bang a guy who wore a pussy-bow blouse? Think about it. The answer might surprise you.

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