The world is going through a change. And since fashion is a reflection of the times, fashion, too, is going through a change. Gender identification is a topic that has recently become more widely addressed and discussed. Models like Hari Nef and Andrej Pejic have brought the subject into fashion, and Orange Is the New Black's Ruby Rose has brought it into pop culture, altogether bringing it into the mainstream. Adding to the gender identification movement was Maison Margiela resort 2016. The photos of the collection showcased at first androgynous, loose fitting, neutral clothing, and then moved on to suits, knitwear, and dresses that seemed a bit more feminine. If non-fashion people (i.e. people who do not regularly view runway shows/collections and are used to a more standard form of clothing) saw this collection, I think they would think it strange not because it featured a male model wearing a collection of women's clothes, but because the clothes themselves seem strange to them. It would seem like just another weird-fashion-thing. What I loved most about this collection is the subtleness. Not the subtleness in the casting choices, because one of the models is obviously male and the other isn't, but the almost unimportance of it. It wasn't a huge social-media blowout or a "revolutionary" collection. Maison Margiela was just another resort collection, which is normally not a good thing, but in this case it is.
Photos via Vogue.com.