At New York fashion week, annoying clothes appear on the runway.
Washington post’s fashion critic Robin Givhan discusses the time she has seen in New York fashion week for the time she has seen in fashion and other trends.
MICHEL MARTIN, host:
Now is the time for our regular breakdown. This is the story we try to understand in the news in the coming days by focusing on keywords or phrases. And tonight, for some people, it could be all about football – well, thousands of people – now in New York, it’s fashion week. One thing you might hear is the fashion of ignorance. This is because a trend we see in men’s fashion shows that clothes that have just ended are described as asexual or gender-ambiguous.
We want to know more about this, and whether we will see it as the so-called women’s wear that New York fashion week shows in the next few days. So now join our studio in Washington, d.c., the Washington post’s fashion critic, Robin Givhan. Thank you very much for joining us again.
ROBIN GIVHAN: thank you for having me.
Martin: so can you draw a picture of an ignorant fashion or a gender blur?
GIVHAN: basically, the idea is that we are now providing a lot of traditional concepts related to a particular gender — male or female — for the opposite sex. So for men, this usually means that these clothes are uncomfortable for them. You know, maybe there’s more color, there’s flowers, and it’s usually associated with women’s wear.
Then in terms of women, it is not just for women do men’s clothing, but a more suitable for the idea of custom things, it have more restrained, for it looks more like a traditionally strong. It’s different from what we tend to think of as neutral dressing, because it’s not about removing the concept of gender. It means mixing.
Martin: now, you’ve also written an article for the Washington post about how some men’s wear designers have been inspired by recent political events. How are these political sentiments expressed on the runway?
GIVHAN: you know, it’s really visionary. I mean, there are some designers that are very good for a nice suit, a nice sweater. For them, you know, it’s just that they might play music before the show, you know, give peace a chance or a little bit, you know, U2.
Willy Chavarria’s collection was inspired by the Ava DuVernay documentary, “number 13,” and focuses on how people with special colors can navigate the criminal justice system. Other designers have protested in the hands of models. Then the german-born designer, Robert Geller, wore his bow, wearing an immigrant T-shirt.
Martin: I noticed that the so-called men’s wear was over last week, and the so-called women’s wear was coming. Back to the beginning of our conversation, have you ever imagined that these categories might disappear completely?
GIVHAN: I think there will always be an independent female and male designer, partly because there are some designers who provide expertise, and they feel more comfortable there.
But I should say, women season most anticipated program may be Calvin klein, because there is a new designer Ralph simmons, he decided to in a debut at the same time show men and women in the same lane.
Martin: that’s the Washington post Pulitzer prize-winning fashion writer and cultural writer robin givin. She is very friendly and can join us in the studio of robin in Washington. Thank you very much for joining us again.
GIVHAN: thank you.