All posts tagged: gender-bending

Muxes of Juchitan

The Muxes of Juchitan: Unapologetically Being Who They Want To Be

While the “machismo” social construct continues to root deeply in Mexican culture, and homophobic sentiment still runs high, it may come as a surprise to hear that the country is also home to one of the most gender-bending societies to date; and it’s allegedly been that way for thousands of years. Nestled near the Guatemalan border and a six hour drive from the southern city of Oaxaca sits the dusty district of Juchitan. Not a lot goes on around here, and from a distance the townspeople appear to pursue the mundane rituals of work life and getting their hair done. It’s not until you notice the extravagant make up, fluttering false eyelashes of the hairdresser and the masculine build beneath her summer dress that you realize something beautiful is going on in Juchitan.     Meet the Muxes. Not woman, nor man, but considered a gender of it’s own. Muxes (pronounced moo-shays) is a term is derived from ancient Zapotec dialect to define the vast community of gay men who choose to dress as women …

Saint Laurent

Spring 2016 Trend Preview

This spring, minimalism takes a back seat. If the Spring/Summer 2016 runways are any indicator of the trends to take over fashion bloggers’ Instagram feeds, it looks like styles are taking a turn for the extreme—in the best way possible. Looks seen on the runways were a combination of romance, maximalist, and a healthy tinge of grunge. For fashion lovers looking to stay on top of the trends this season, we gathered the biggest and best from the runways to keep you in-the-know and ahead of the game. To start, say hello to old world folklore, because romance and ruffles are in full force for the fashion-forward crowd this spring. Appearing at Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, and Marques Almeida, an abundance of fluffy ruffles took over maxi dresses and oversized tops. But ruffles aren’t the only indicator of romantic details. The Victorian era continued with floral maxis and lace flowing down the catwalk. And as Fashionista notes, tiaras—yes, tiaras—are also trending for the season. Saint Laurent and Miu Miu are both reminding us that …

Selfridges' gender-neutral store

About Jaden Smith As The New Face Of Louis Vuitton And Gender-Bending Fashion

In a piece of topsy-turvy fashion news, the new face of Louis Vuitton’s womenswear line is not a woman. This turn of events speaks to the legendary designer’s forward-looking fashion sense as much as the androgynous charm of Vuitton’s new model, Jaden Smith. The photographs from iconic fashion photographer Bruce Weber debuted last week on the Instagram account of Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. The photo shows Smith decked out in an embroided skirt, fringe top, and moto jacket that debuted during Paris Fashion Week. Although gender-bending is nothing new on fashion or pop culture, Ghesquière’s collection is the most recent example of gender-bending fashion design to hit mainstream media attention. Gucci’s F/W 2015 men’s collection featured waifish men appearing beside boyish women, both wearing silhouettes, fabrics, and items of clothing traditionally associated with women’s fashion. Gucci’s new designer Alessandro Michele collection saw men and women alike wearing pussycat bow blouses, midriff jackets, and low-riding, wide-legged trousers. Male and female models alike sported matching make-up, with loose, flowing, unbound hair. This approach is working …