C l o t h i n g n o w and it’sde­fy­inggen­der.

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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.

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