At this day and age I must admit that I have a love-hate relationship with fashion's newest trend cycle. I remember looking through the magazines at the nearest grocery store and thinking to myself "Wow, that's imagination."
Maybe we have grown a little wiser in the amount of five years that I have been really implicated in the industry, but nowadays designers have gone into more basic items known as "normcore". Without looking at couture, the ready-to-wear market has made a killing this year with the reinvention of the white t-shirt, making it slouchier and pairing it with the boyfriend jean and a pair of Manolos. I am not criticizing what can be called a fashion cleanse, but have we just woken up to the realization that fashion must still be ultimately wearable?The best way I can illustrate my point is to talk about brands that have never been known for their eccentricity, and who have made a following off reinvention before it was cool.
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville run New York based Rag and Bone with an aesthetic genius that caters to men and women that never conform to trend fluctuations, but instead find themselves choosing pieces that evoke modern interpretations of timeless garments. Having only started the label in 2002, by 2007 Rag & Bone won the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in menswear, and following the prestigious acclaim in 2010 was awarded Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA.
The Summer 2015 Menswear collection was presented with its photographs on a gallery wall, featuring men and women of different shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and ages. A true testament to the versatility of the brand, Wainwright and Neville executed their mission statement clearly whether it was comedian Jerry Seinfeld, makeup guru Gucci Westman, or punk band singer Honor Titus.
Is this a sign of collections to come? Clothing that appeals to both sexes has found its way back into wardrobes with the arrival of the normcore flux. If the following pictures are just a taste of modern gender-less apparel, the allure is remarkable.