Since the past few years, gender- fluid or unisex styles are taking the global fashion world by storm. Whether it was Harry styles’ floral skirts, or Jacob Elordi’s crop top moments- fans all over the globe were awe struck! And to say that these icons got starting a fashion revolution? Is an understatement! From upcoming brands like Jacquemus and Fear of God to long reigning giants like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga, everyone seems to be wading into defying gender norms. This year’s spring fashion weeks held from Milan to New York, saw models walking effortlessly in gender fluid apparel, turning heads of the whos who of the industry. While Valentino and Givenchy featured large pearl earrings and chokers on both genders at Paris fashion week, Christian Louboutin debuted a gender-fluid collection with inclusive shoe sizes. At Fendi’s Fall 2022 show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week last month, the runway was set ablaze with Mary Jane heels, crystal earrings, and skirts; and we are all here for it!
And now, this ripple effect of queer fashion is now being felt near home, by the Indian fashion labels. Small scale but inclusive labels such as Huemn, an award-winning brand; is known for its unique prints on its gender-neutral pieces. Ashray Gujral’s Dash and Dot is a brand that was born during the pandemic. It strives to create clothes rooted to gender neutrality and self-expression; while displaying the magic of Indian craftsmanship too! This year, it debuted at Paris Fashion week, making all our hearts swell with pride!
This fever dream came to life when our very own Ranveer Singh, known for his quirky and bold style choices- rocked the red carpet to celebrate the 50 Most Influential Young Indians, in a jacketed kilt. To our surprise, our in house fashionista even wore a nose piercing for a magazine cover back in 2016.
Social media platforms such as Instagram and Tik Tok are the new age promoters of these trends, making sure it reaches every house and every street there may be. It’s no brainer that this revolution is a small step in gender equality and acceptance of ones choices, but we have a long way to go!
This article has been contributed by Vedant Sethi from University College London