ICYMI: Stella McCartney's First Menswear Line

Stella McCartney menswear SS17.
Browse the entire collection here.

Fact: the menswear fashion industry is booming.  As it overtakes womenswear in annual growth, and designers such as Gosha Rubchinsky gain cult-status followings, the explosion of menswear has prompted questions about gender fluidity and expression in fashion.  Not only are menswear designers breaking into more experimental, unorthodox visual vocabularies, but the division between the two gendered industries has become increasingly blurred (slowly but surely); Jaden Smith was the star of a Louis Vuitton womenswear campaign earlier this year, and Burberry have combined their men's and women's lines onto the same runway.

What is also interesting to observe is the influx of female designers taking up the task of designing menswear lines; men have long dominated the womenswear industry, but few female designers have been taken seriously on the flip-side.  If anyone can step up to the plate however, it's Stella McCartney, who dropped her debut menswear collection this week for the Spring 2017 season.

Playing on halcyon palettes, utility wear, and a playful, sporty attitude, the collection hits all of the right notes for next season.  Stella makes use of nylon, regenerated cashmere, and sustainable viscose to reiterate her brand's dedication to sustainability, especially evident in the accessories, many of which were made from recycled materials.  We're also seeing an interesting translation of recent womenswear trends into the menswear sphere - silk bombers, chinos, and boilersuits play a prominent role throughout the line.  Our favourite part has to be the suits though, which expertly walk the line between 80s-rock-star and modern day grandpa.  So. Damn. Good.

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Tia Elisabeth Glista is the founding Editor in Chief of Couturesque Magazine.  She is also a textbook Taurus (ambitious, aesthetically-driven, very stubborn) who can at any given time be found listening to BANKS and looking at pictures of puppies.  Click here to follow her on Instagram. 
 

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