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11/07/2017

THE FASHION INDUSTRY ISN’T JUST BENDING GENDER NORMS, IT’S OBLITERATING THEM

We hear a lot of talk about gender these days. Terms like gender-bender, transgender, gender equality, and gender norms are commonplace. Compared to conversations that took place just a decade ago, we can easily see a shift in public opinion and conversation when it comes to gender. The stereotypical male and female from the fifties is a thing of the past, and one can only guess how what was seen as a gender norm will hold up in future generations. If the fashion industry has anything to say about it, there will be no gender norms when it comes to the wardrobe choices humans adorn themselves with.

Fashion for both men and women is radically changing. While it may have been a revolutionary act for actresses like Marlene Dietrich or Katherine Hepburn to don trousers in the thirties, seeing men wear dresses, blouses, skirts, or lingerie in the new millennium shocks, stuns, and offends many. While female celebrities have broken the barrier and have worn clothes typically associated as male attire for approximately a century, the wall is just now coming down for men’s clothing. Male celebrities such as David Bowie, Kanye West, Jared Leto, Jaden Smith, Kurt Cobain, Brad Pitt, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Marc Jacobs, Vin Diesel, and Mos Def have all been photographed wearing dresses. For some, public opinion regarding their sexuality suffered for it.

There’s a growing trend in menswear with more floral patterns, ruffles, lace, and fabrics traditionally associated with feminine styles gracing men’s runway pieces. Beyond material choices, many designers such as Palomo Spain, Vivienne Westwood, Vejas, and more are embracing gender-bending or gender neutral styles. Fashion has always been about creativity, pushing the envelope, and thinking outside of the norm, and today’s fashion show is taking gender to a new place. Ironically, many ancient styles of dress included tunics or togas that were worn by both sexes, yet it has taken centuries to blur the gender lines that have delineated clothing choices far too long.

Many people in society seem to be uncomfortable when they see men wearing skirts, dresses, or other attire designated as feminine. The sight of men or boys in feminine clothes makes people ask questions that they may feel uncomfortable asking.

First, when people bend gender roles, the question that is left is what is gender exactly. Is someone less of a man if he wears a dress? The same question was asked about women who wore pants. Gender-bending is happening on a more public and prevalent level than ever before, and many are simply uncomfortable with it. Some find it sinful to wear clothes associated with the opposite gender based upon religious beliefs and the scriptures they were raised to believe.

Do clothes really define sexuality or gender? Will wearing pants or a dress make someone less of their gender or if you wear clothes that were assigned to your gender do you become more masculine or feminine? In a world where more gender confirmation surgeries are taking place than ever before, how does clothing fit in? Many trans people describe the personal level of discomfort they had from wearing clothes associated with the gender they were born with How would gender neutral clothes help those who are trans? If clothes were no longer associated with a gender, would many issues regarding gender simply resolve?

Society is dictated by fashion and in nearly every aspect of public life, people are expected to dress in a way others deem as appropriate. There is no question that the world of fashion has always found society’s limits, tested them, and then moved the boundary line even further. If fashion has its way, there will no longer be gender-appropriate clothing.

What are your thoughts about that? What do you think when you see male celebrities wearing skirts or dresses? Is your first thought to question their sexuality? Do you feel men who wear dresses are less masculine than their male counterparts who dress in stereotypical menswear?Read more at:http://www.marieprom.co.uk | http://www.marieprom.co.uk/formal-dresses-uk

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08/07/2017

Shraddha Kapoor and Athiya Shetty show us how to wear metallic without going overboard

Metallics first began to make itself felt in Milan when Missoni showcased his metallic and layered knit looks at Milan Fashion Week in 2016, but it picked up the pace when Dries Van Noten during his 100th show in Paris in March this year showed the world designs of beautiful metallic tailoring. Ever since the trend has caught on big with celebrities and that includes our Bollywood beauties as well. From Deepika Padukone to Alia Bhatt, almost everyone has tried it and the latest ones to nail metallics are Shraddha Kapoor and Athiya Shetty.

The actress who was seen at an event rocked colourful holographic separates from Nor Black Nor White. The Ok Jaanu actress who picked up the statement-making pieces from their latest collection styled the bomber jacket and the pleated skirt well with a grey T-shirt.

Her accessory game was strong too with a pair of powder blue Christian Louboutin heels and earrings from Valliyan. The look was absolutely spot on and we aren’t surprised since it was curated by celebrity stylist Shaleena Nathani. She has in the past put up stellar looks for Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma in metallics. Even celebrity hairstylist Franco Vallelonga did a good job with voluminous curls and celebrity make-up artist Shraddha Naik complemented it with a dewy-faced make-up and a pink pout. We love this look!

Athiya Shetty, on the other hand, was seen promoting her upcoming film Mubarakan in a mix and match look. We like how celebrity stylist Ami Patel paired the white embroidered shirt with a signature metallic skirt by Amit Aggarwal and added some drama with the lovely metallic belt.

A pair of golden heels, berry lips and straight hair rounded out her look. We like what we see, especially the skirt made from Patola sari.

We think both of them did well. Whose look do you prefer?Read more at:cocktail dresses | formal dresses

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06/07/2017

7 ways to drape your sari and stand out from the crowd

The sari is one of the most versatile garments. They can be formal, sexy, fun, and traditional. But wearing them in one style can make the most interesting and expensive look a tad boring. How about giving this six yard wonder a different draping every time you step out? Fashion designer Naina Jain and celebrity sari draper Dolly Jain give you alternate ways to drape your sari.

1) Sari as a gown: This style is comfortable yet chic. It gives a classy look that is a perfect choice for a cocktail outfit. Sari gowns are for those who don’t want to tuck in and drape saris the traditional way. Even if you step over the pleats and tucks, the sari-cum-gown stays in place.

2) Sari over pants: To look more trendy, you can opt for the pant style sari. For this, you would need a pair of jeggings or leggings, crop top or choli and heels. Just start by pleating one end of the sari as you would want to drape it, pinning it up and tucking it into your pants at the centre and then the other end can be draped as a chunni across the shoulders in various ways.

3) Sari over lehenga: Like a traditional sari, one can wear lehenga style sari over a skirt along with a beautifully designed blouse. This look is achieved with the help of several pleats tucked around the waist giving an illusion of a lehenga. This is an outfit for ladies who are not comfortable with usual draping and pleating that the regular sari demands.

4) Two saris worn together like a lehenga: This is a unique type of draping two saris like a lehenga. This style includes draping two saris together in a seamless way. Double saris make the look trendier and it’s a great alternative for traditional single sari drape. So, wear them like a lehenga and stand out in the crowd!

5) Mermaid style: This style is suitable for almost all body types, especially for the ones with a curvaceous figure. This kind of drape gives a slimmer look to the wearer. The lower portion of the sari is draped in such a way that it looks like a skirt and there are no pleats made in front. Pick a sari with a heavy pallu or embellished border for the mermaid style look.

6) Butterfly style: Butterfly style is also known as the Bollywood style of wearing a sari. In this style, the pallu is very thin, so that the midriff or navel is visible. When thinking of wearing a sari in this particular style, go for materials like chiffon and net.

7) Sari in Paithani style: It’s also known as the sari style of Maharashtra. Paithani style is different from other traditional draping preferred by Indian women. The sari is also longer and no petticoat is required. Pair this look with a nose ring and some jasmine flowers for your hair!Read more at:cocktail dresses uk | marieprom

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