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ardent Gucci fan who has long been at ease incorporating women’s clothes into his wardrobe and is optimistic that this trend signals a wider change not just for fashion but for culture at large. “I like a harder look, so the blouses aren’t for me,” he says. “But I did just buy a pair of women’s Gucci boots with a three-inch heel. They look great. They feel great. They are boots to me, not women’s or men’s. Why should anyone care?” Bissinger has referred to himself as a cross-dresser in the past, but it’s a word that seems increasingly obsolete, at least where contemporary fashion is concerned. Perhaps the most compelling case in point is London high-end department store Selfridges, which recently combined its womens- and menswear departments into three floors of unisex fashion. Bissinger insists that, when it comes to style, we could all stand to reconfigure our understanding of what’s acceptable for men and women. “Clothing is creative: You should wear what makes you feel creative, not because it’s in the women’s section or the men’s section.”
In Paris, Montreal-born designer Rad Hourani went a step further, presenting the world’s first collection of exclusively unisex fashion at Paris Haute Couture Week in 2012. Hourani has since built a brand on the notion that men and women can wear exactly the same things and look equally good doing it. “I’m not trying to dress a man like a woman or the opposite,” he says. “I’m creating a new way of dressing that makes people look modern. It doesn’t make sense to me that a woman should dress in a different way from a man or vice versa.” Looking through his most recent offerings of gently tailored blazers, T-shirts and hoodies in blacks, greys and taupes is enough to make any suit-wearing dandy think twice about his preconceptions of unisex fashion. The asexual, utopian sci-fi future may, in fact, be closer than we think—plus or minus the pussy bows.