A Male Fairytale
Fairytales are most frequently identified with women--to be more specific, girls. Little girls playing dress-up in their rooms, wishing for their Prince Charming while they waddle around in Mommy's high heels and lipstick smeared all over their cherubic faces. However, nothing is quite so stereotypical anymore. Alejandro Gomez Palomo of menswear label Paloma Spain is one of the first to introduce fairytales for men with his fall line featuring velvet, flare, sequins, and brocade--all in a very masculine fashion.
24-year-old Palomo started his label less than a year ago with the hopes to bring something different to menswear. "Boys need to discover different ways to wear clothes that we haven't been able to wear up until now," Palomo told Vogue.com.
His lines thus far have featured a marriage of femininity and masculinity through women's fabrics, romantic designs, and a promisingly male fit. It's fashion taken to a completely different level, but does it work? Apparently so: the CFDA asked Palomo to be apart of NY Men's Fashion Week this season (February 2).
Palomo's designs and reason behind them raise an excellent point. Yes it seems radical, but remember there was a time in history when it was considered radical for a woman to wear anything but a dress. Now, women wearing men's clothing is chic, sexy, and part of the norm of the ever-changing world of fashion. Who's to say boys can't play the same game? As far as I'm concerned: male, female, short, tall, fat, skinny, whatever--if you can work it, you deserve to wear it.
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