Jaden Smith for Louis Vuit­ton

CityPress - - Trend­ing - GUGULETHU MH­LUNGU gugulethu.mh­lungu@city­press.co.za

Artist Jaden Smith, the son of ac­tors Will Smith and Jada Pin­kett Smith, has not cared about your gen­der bi­na­ries for a loooong time. He has of­ten worn what­ever he’s wanted, and that in­cludes a skirt or two. Last year, he posted an In­sta­gram of him­self in a tu­nic dress, which he cap­tioned: “Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean ‘Clothes’.”

So it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that Smith has been se­lected to star in Louis Vuit­ton’s Spring/Sum­mer cam­paign for 2016 as the face of the wom­enswear col­lec­tion. The an­nounce­ment was made via the fash­ion house’s de­signer and cre­ative di­rec­tor Ni­co­las Gh­esquière’s In­sta­gram ac­count, where he posted two pic­tures of Jaden wear­ing a leather jacket and glovelets, a black-and-white fringed top, and a long black skirt.

It’s cool to see a high-end brand fi­nally break with re­stric­tive norms of “clothes for men and women”, and it’s great to see a care­free black young­ster like Jaden be part of it.

How­ever, it must be noted that gen­der-fluid/gen­derblur­ring cloth­ing has been around for a long time. Louis Vuit­ton’s foray must be taken with a pinch of salt be­cause it could very well be a case of just an­other cor­po­rate look­ing to cash in on what peo­ple (es­pe­cially queer in­di­vid­u­als) have been do­ing for­ever. How­ever, that doesn’t mean Jaden should not con­tinue to slay! You can view (and, if you have the means, buy from) the new Spring/Sum­mer wom­enswear col­lec­tion on eu.louisvuit­ton.com

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