Being a guy in the fashion blogoshpere can be a bit of a lonely affair. I know there are others, however they tend to stick to discussing men’s fashion and style exclusively. Then you have the street style photographers like the wonderful Lee Oliveira and the now infamous Scott Schuman. However, finding men that blog and discuss women’s fashion seems to be a bit of a rarity. Which is quite remarkable considering that men seem to dominate the designer world. Do guys prefer to make fashion rather than discuss it?
It maybe a controversial statement that men tend to dominate fashion design? I don’t know. What I do know is that when I try and think of major fashion designers off the top of my head the men seem to out weigh the women. Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Christopher Bailey, John Galliano, Karl Largerfeld, Alber Elbaz, Alexander Wang, Nicolas, Ghesquiere, Stefano Pilati, Giorgo Armani, Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and I could continue. All of these guys are heading at least one of some of the major fashion houses. But why is that the case? Why are there so many men at the helm of women’s fashion. Tom Ford believes men make better designers for women as they don’t have to worry about body issues;
“Men are often better designers for women than other women….I think we are more objective. We don’t come with the baggage of hating certain parts of our bodies”
This brings me back round to the title of the thread then who puts the sexy into fashion? Inevitably it must be men if they dominate the designer world? When I think of sexy shoes I think of Christian Louboutin. Tom Ford was renowned for his ‘sexy’ designs at Gucci, his sexy swagger is now his signature. Dolce & Gabbana are obsessed with highlighting the female curves and each collection pays homage with a corset or two. Roberto Cavalli’s signature low cuts and exotic prints again inject the catwalk with an air of sexiness. But then I also think of Donna karen’s beautiful evening wear and I know Frida Giannini has done a good job of keeping up the sexy image that Tom Ford created at Gucci in the 1990s.
So really you have to look at the term ‘sexy’ because sexy to me may not be sexy to you. I didn’t set out to give you the answer to the question but rather get you thinking about it. I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on the issues I mentioned in the post.
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