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The Men of Fashion Week vs. The Women of Fashion Week–who wins?




I maintain that if you look hard enough, you will find that it is always fashion week somewhere, but so rare are the occasions that we can revel in the menswear of their proprietary seasons. This makes it slightly sad that the shows are just about to wrap but wholly exciting that the tail end of this season always denotes the beginning of Couture which–and maybe you’ll disagree–I find sufficiently inspiring for no reason other than my mere knowing that no matter how hard I look, how many times I see the clothes and how badly I may want them, I will never, ever be able to obtain or replicate the often regal looks.

This, of course, then opens up a question about the collections that do become obtainable and whether or not they seem less…apppealing based on that merit alone. Is that a testament to the┬ásaturation and exposure of the latter collections or am I lone ranging on this one?

Regardless, I am now summoning you to the click, click, clicks of Tommy Ton’s viewings and subsequent capturings for from Mens Fashion Week. I have to wonder if he must train his eye to capture mens fashion week through a different lens (pun pathetically intended) vis-a-vis the ladies of their fashion weeks, which also quite perfectly parlays into a debate I’m bringing forward care of these images: are the women of June in Milan as well-suited (literally) as the men? Can we only discern the difference because the men outnumber the women and as a result offer a more extensive variety of garments to rank? OR are we just so deeply invested in a cosmo that celebrates the usage of mens clothes on women that we have reached a point where even clothes that are inspired by men but made for women all but pale in comparison to the former?

I’m inclined to say no, maybe, and I don’t know, in that order–but what do you say?

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  • maud.schellekens
  • Ludapris

    I say: “This is a man’s world but it would be nothing without a woman or a girl” to show how it’s done. The images are intoxicating, fresher with each click, click, clicks!

    • Claire

      Well said!

  • grace kane
  • Hudson Berry

    Pale pink short suit, blue suspenders, purple tie. HYFR

  • giovanna croci

    I can just say oh Stefano!!!

    • Leandra Medine

      Here, TOO.

      • I feel like Rosie’s style and her namesake clothes are the female answer to Stefano’s crisp, romantic look above.

  • Ah, yes the menswear season. Things are just getting interesting in fashion when the girls try hard to dwell into the boys’ arena.

  • moldub

    Adidas jersey dress, WHERE do i get? nothing is better than women rocking menswear better than men.

    • Leandra Medine

      That is a question for Ms. ADR

  • Sarina Fleur

    Female clothes made in the style of men’s clothes will never be as good as actually wearing men’s clothes as the fit is completely different. Much more comfortable, yet grungey and sometimes structured. You are so wise.

    • Leandra Medine

      The proof of this concept revealed itself last September when I was in Paris driveling for a Dries van Noten grey wool mens style blazer at the womans shop–it clocked in around 1500EU which made it too expensive for my purchasing pleasure. When I walked into the mens store just next door, though, I saw what looked like the same exact jacket for 700eu. It occurred to me that the woman’s version was a female silhouette highly manipulated (and therefore more expensive) to look like a mens jacket whereas the one that was actually for mens was already a pre-existing silhouette and ba da bing, ba da boom, could be mine. (I should note though that I never ended up buying it)

      • Sarina Fleur

        Half the price! That is crazy! Haha oh my that sounds oh too familiar. This happens all the time in Topshop, their oversized plaid shirts are much more over-priced than the male ones in Topman which fit a lot nicer and look a lot nicer too. I think, when going for the androgynous look just go the whole hog and buy your clothes from the men section!

  • Tiffany

    Love those candid-camera style captures, especially the blue suit with Kenzo shirt!
    xx Tiffany

  • That Adidas jersey dress has me falling in love. She rocks it. And I think that as long as the wearer of the clothing — be it men or women’s clothes — has an air of confidence or zealous about what they’re wearing (or how they feel in it),then they’ll always be winning.

  • We have gotten to the point where we expect women to dress well, so seeing a woman that is well put together or fashionable, whereas admirable, is almost regarded as her job as a woman. Men, on the other hand, are given a social pass when it comes to dress, so when we see a man that dresses well, there is a great shock and thus admiration for him. It all goes back to those early years of child development where girls are encourage to play dress up and boys are encouraged to blow things up and bash each others heads in during some form of team sport. Another way to look at it is serial killers. Most are men, so when arises, we are generally disgusted, but when one arises and is female… THE HORROR! We lose our ever loving minds and can’t fathom how it could be true and the horror behind the crimes. So to answer the question, street style is just like serial killers.


    That adidas jersey dress and that man’s black and yellow blazer duo were both life-changing, so I don’t think I can pick a side

  • jas

    need to get me a suit…

    reckless abandon blog

  • Alba B.

    Frankly I don’t know what to say more than good taste, humble elegance and respect for themselves doesn’t have a sex!!!

    Don’t you think you have shown us quite a lot that a manrepeller as you could be as well dressed under a man skin as the ladies above. No nostalgia, regrets, or jealousy from the streets of Milan, cause sincerely, during the last week I saw peacocks as much as an entire zoo. So just please, to all the people out there, being fashionable, also with man clothes requires first of all a self respect and GOOD TASTE!!!

  • zoe_whip

    Fabulous, fabulous. I would kill for a Kenzo tee!

  • Yep, that’s what my sister always complains about. When we’re shopping in the department stores, she heads straight over to the men department to check out their swatters and cardigans.

  • Chic Trends

    Leandra please, PLEASE tell me you got a few numbers. I really need a bike ride from the guy in the beige coloured suit and wine coloured oxfords.

    Amazing pictures as always, x

    • Leandra Medine

      Unfortunately, I am stateside.