This Winter, Men Will Be Wearing Skorts
EDIT: Apparently, these aren't actually skirts, but skorts, which Givenchy is calling 'bermuda shorts', which sort of takes the original awesomeness of what appeared to be their designs and steps it down several notches. Several. notches. Still, on the plus size, you'd still look like you were wearing a skirt until someone checked out your behind. I don't know how comforting that is.
Givenchy has picked up the torch of skirts for men (edit: no they haven't) in its Fall / Winter collection. Not content with putting a solo skirt in there for a bit of gimmicky androgynous draw, skirts make up around half of the men's collection, along with feminine jewelery, and shoes styled to look like strappy women's sandals, sorry, correct that, strappy velvet sandals that are unashamedly for men! (At least the sandals are actually sandals, unless they later turn out to be Buddhist mandalas. I wouldn't put it past Givenchy at this point.)
My favorite ensemble has to be one which seems strangely reminiscent of the hub I once wrote called 'Men Wear Lingerie, Jesus Wore A Dress'. This ensemble is made up of dark opaque stockings, a short simple skirt and a 'Jesus is Lord' T-Shirt. Pure beauty. Behold the casual chic of this ensemble.
The fun doesn't end there though, Givenchy also sent shirtless male models down the runway wearing nothing but skirts, stockings and the trade mark sandal type creations in black velvet. It's gorgeous, entirely gorgeous. I love the fact that they've put some serious effort into creating footwear that goes with a male skirt and stocking combination. Oh, and the slightly retro foppish lace cravat shirt? Yes! Oh yes! (If I didn't know better I would say that these hubs mandatory reading for the Givenchy crowd.) But the brilliance is that they are not. The brilliance is that the changes and fashions I keep yammering on about are actually occurring out there at the fringes of fashion and they will, nay they must, make their way into the mainstream eventually.
There is so much more to discover in this collection, so I highly recommend that you go and check it out for yourself, not so much for the purposes of necessarily buying items, but for the purpose of seeing that skirts for men are indeed becoming increasingly mainstream, that the notion of fashion freedom for men is embraced by at least one major fashion house, (though in reality it is embraced by far more) and that the silly close minded women and men who currently think a man is gay if he wears women's clothing will no doubt be gushing over Brad Pitt in a skirt in just a few more years. (Well maybe not the men, but the straight women probably. You know what I mean. The men will be too busy being dressed in skirts for dinner by their wives.)
Fashion is changing! Long live the fashion revolution!
Visit the Givenchy site. (You're looking for Collections > Men > Fall / Winter 2010. The site was designed by a hopped up monkey with an obsession for Java, but don't let that slow you down.)
And finally, thank you to Steve for the tip off! Great find! You receive 10 lace floral scented internets!